The Baptism of the Lord Year C

I was asked recently why the Lord needed to be Baptised. After all He is the God Incarnate and is the fullness of God anyway!

I suppose that the answer to that question is found in response to another question: Why do we need to be Baptised? After all, we are made in the image and likeness of God, so we, also, have the fullness of God in our lives!

So why are we Baptised? The simple answer is that we need all the help that we can get!

Humanity, that same humanity that Jesus became a real part of in the stable in Bethlehem, is loved by God, constantly, totally, unchangingly!

That is a reality that takes us a great deal of time to come to terms with. In many ways, that is because as human beings we fail to appreciate the depth of that love, knowing the frailty of our human existence. We sin, we fall out with each other, our lives do not reflect the gratitude we should have in our relationship with God. 

In short, while God’s love never changes, our ability to feel loved alters on a daily basis. Baptism and the Sacramental life are there to help us appreciate that deep love in our lives, to direct us in ways of sharing that love and giving us the confidence to be that love in the World.

Jesus needed that Sacramental love to help His humanity in its journey from Gethsemane to Golgotha.

Just a thought!