Sunday, January 10, 2010

Baptism of the Lord

Today is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, celebrated the Sunday after Epiphany. We ponder the mystery of Christ entering the baptismal waters, of the master asking the blessing of the servant, of the healer kneeling in the waters of healing, of the Creator invoking the blessing of creation. He has honored the world he enters by his humility, and leaves a trail of healing in his footsteps for us to follow.
The soldier baptizes his King, the servant his Lord, John his Savior; the waters of the Jordan tremble, a dove hovers as a sign of witness, and the voice of the Father is heard: This is my Son.

Springs of water were made holy as Christ revealed his glory to the world. Draw water from the fountain of the Savior, for Christ our God has hallowed all creation.

Christ is baptized, the world is made holy; he has taken away our sins. We shall be purified by water and the holy spirit.

-from The Daily Office