- P. Tarcisio
We are Baptized, THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
The baptism of Jesus marked the beginning of his public life. From that moment on, it would no longer be John the Baptist, nor the Old Testament prophets who will speak of God to the People of Israel, but it is Jesus himself who teaches everything that he has received from his Father.
The baptism that John practiced was a baptism of conversion, that is, those who were washed in the waters of the Jordan River, left behind the sins of their past life to lead a better life, according to the commandments of God. To this baptism Jesus adds something much greater, the Holy Spirit, "the divine force that is like fire that gives heat and energy to those who receive it." This means that, in addition to the good will of the person who is preparing to change and be better, the Holy Spirit acts and gives strength, so that the baptized does not give up on his path of conversion.
Today is a good day to reflect on our own baptism. What does it mean to be baptized? Is it really that fire, that vital force of God that acts in us? The reality is that many "Christians" do not give the importance that this sacrament of Baptism deserves and we receive it as a requirement, but not as a commitment. How important is it to you that you are baptized?