Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Baptism of the Lord

St. Mark:
On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."
(MK 1:10-11)

Pope Benedict XXVI:

Basically, the whole mystery of Christ in the world can he summed up in this term: "baptism", which in Greek means "immersion".
The Son of God, who from eternity shares the fullness of life with the Father and the Holy Spirit, was "immersed" in our reality as sinners to make us share in his own life: he was incarnate, he was born like us, he grew up like us and, on reaching adulthood, manifested his mission which began precisely with the "baptism of conversion" administered by John the Baptist.
Homily, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 13January 2008

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