Today, the Baptism of Our Lord is a time to look at our being Christian.
Today's celebration reminds us and forces us to consider the fact that our Baptism has consequences. Maybe it is a new way to establish some relatively constant and unshakable reference points. The point is surely Baptism, the sacrament of adoption and life.
Today's gospel takes us ahead 30 years to the river Jordan. Jesus comes to John and asks to be baptized. From this event of Jesus', the church gives the faithful this sacrament, which is a sign of washing away the sins, conversion and of belonging to God. However, when we observe the Christian world today, it can be seen.
Many contemporary people often treat religion as a supplement to life. You can say they have privatized Christianity itself. They accept what seems attractive and at the same time reject what bothers them and requires sacrifice.
Shaped by a consumer society, they begin to exclude God from the many areas of their life creating religions for their private use.
They believe in God, but one who is obedient and subordinate to them. How much is this "homemade faith" worth? How much is baptism worth?
Our Baptism took place in the desert of our ignorance. The Lord God laid His arm on our soul, and that is when He precisely began a dialogue with us. He invited us to the path of Christianity. It was our Baptism.
What does this mean for me today?
St. Gregory of Nazianzus wrote, "Jesus dips in the water and together with Him we walk upwards."