This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord. Traditionally, three different events have been celebrated in the one great feast of Epiphany: the coming of the Magi to the infant Christ, the baptism of Our Lord by Saint John the Baptist in the Jordan river, and then the miracle by which Jesus changed water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana in Galilee. Each of those was an “epiphany”—a manifestation (which is what Epiphany means) of the divine kingship Our Lord. So last Sunday, we had the coming of the Magi, and this Sunday we have the baptism of Our Lord. It is the first time in sacred history that the three Persons of the Blessed Trinity have all participated in one event: Jesus stands in the water of the Jordan; the Holy Spirit hovers over him in the form of a dove, and God the Father says, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
Let us imitate Our Lady by keeping these things in our hearts and pondering over them. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.