Baptism of the Lord
Baptism of Jesus was the beginning of his public ministry- and for the rest of us - our own baptism marks the beginning of our lives as Catholic Christians.
Jesus didn’t need baptism but wanted to be baptized because baptism would be the way in which we would begin to share in his life in communion with his Father through the Spirit. Everything we do in the church is done because of Jesus and we are baptized because Jesus was baptized and commanded the apostles to baptize all nations. His baptism is to heal us, to restore our rejected humanity and to recreate a complete solidarity with us.
Now we have the privilege! We are called the sons and daughters of God. If we lead meaningful Christian lives we too can hear the words from above, “you are my son and daughter, my beloved, in whom I am well pleased."