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Jesus’ baptism by John was a very important event in the life of Jesus as it was a moment of identification with us sinners. Sinless, Jesus received the baptism of repentance to identify himself with his people who realized for the first time that they were sinners. It was also a moment of conviction about his identity and mission: that He is the Son of God and His mission was to preach the Good News of God’s love and salvation to Israel, and eventually to us, and to atone for our sins by His suffering and death on the cross. In addition, it was a moment of equipment where the Holy Spirit equipped Jesus by descending on him in the form of dove, giving him the power of preaching and healing. Lastly, it was a moment of decision to begin public ministry at the most opportune time after receiving the approval of his Heavenly Father as His beloved Son.

The baptism of Jesus reminds us of our identity and our mission as sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters of Jesus, members of his Church, heirs of Heaven and temples of the Holy Spirit.

It is a day to thank God for the graces we have received in Baptism, to renew our Baptismal promises and to preach Christ’s “Good News” by our transparent Christian lives of love, mercy, service and forgiveness.

Source: Excerpted from Gospel reflection by Fr Tony Kadavil available at