The Preaching of John the Baptist/The
Baptism of the Lord
points to Jesus as one mightier. He marks the shift in the meaning of baptism
and the beginning of a new and everlasting covenant. God confirms all that John
has been saying and, in the first of two theophanies, sends his Spirit upon
Jesus, blessing his Son and affirming his role in the coming of the Kingdom.
Prayer: Let us pray for all
parents who are preparing for their children’s baptism that they see that the sacrament
is not just a tradition. It is a sacred encounter with the One who will
accompany them on their journey of faith and life.