My Dear People,
Jesus, Obedient To His Baptismal Call
If Jesus is the second person of the Most Holy Trinity, why did He receive Baptism? He had no original sin, or an "sin" for that matter. Why did John the Baptist, His cousin, baptize Him in the Jordan River? We know why John performed the "water baptism". John did so out of "obedience" to Our Lord's request. Why then did Jesus receive Baptism? Jesus did so for the same reason John did so, Jesus remained "obedient" to everything His Father requested Him to accomplish. Jesus even said YES to His own death upon the Holy Cross.
With the Baptism of Jesus, we enter into another deep mystery of our Catholic Faith. One thing we do know for sure, and that is, Jesus was "obedient" in all things. If this was the case for Jesus Christ; then we too must follow in obedience to God Our Heavenly Father. Jesus is the prefect pattern for our own "holiness". Take seriously your baptismal vows which we renew this very day. Call upon Jesus to assist you in remaining "obedient" to Our Heavenly Father in all things.
Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,
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