Each year, January 6 commemorates Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River by St. John, the Forerunner, Prophet and Baptist. The Gospel text from St. Matthew reads,
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying “I need to be baptized by You, and You are coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mt 3: 13 – 17)
This Sunday, January 3, 2016 is the Sunday before Theophany. This Sunday sets the stage for Theophany, the baptism of Christ by The Baptist.
It is interesting to note how the Gospel writers begin their works. St. John begins with the pre-existence of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, as the second Person of the Trinity. Read the rest of this entry »