Monday, January 10, 2011

Baptism of the Lord

Many people do not understand the reason for Jesus’ baptism. Baptism is mainly for the remission of sins, especially the original sin.

Jesus was sinless, not even original sin. But He took all the sins of all people.

He received baptism as part of His salvific mission. By His example, Jesus taught us the importance of baptism to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus said to Nicodemus: no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit (John 3:5).

The baptism of Jesus tells us about the grace of God. Grace became manifest in Jesus as the loving Father, pronouncing His acceptance, empowered Him to begin His public ministry after His baptism and forty days of fasting.

Jesus was shown to be the true Servant of God who came to save us. 
He came to free us from the slavery of Satan and vices. As Jesus walked this world, the Holy Spirit empowered Him to do good everywhere He went. 
He came to convince us of God’s love for each one of us.
  1. Did you know you became the sons and daughters of God through your baptism? 
  2. Do you know the power of the Holy Spirit can work wonders in your life?
  3. Do you believe the Holy Spirit wants to produce in you the same fruit that Jesus Himself manifested?

Baptized into His life and death, you can take on the character and even the heart of Jesus.

Hear the Father’s voice speaking of His love for you! You will fulfill the Father’s plan for your life. Father, help us to live according to the baptismal promises. Let us come closer to you through your grace.


- Fr Jose Maniyangat

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