The Baptismm of Jesus marks the end to His life in the solitude of His own family and the beginning of His public life. From that moment on, His life was dedicated to the mission to which He was trusted: our salvation.
Although previously known to a small group ofpeople, at His baptism the identity of Jesus is revealed to others. He is no longer only the sonof Mary or the son of the carpenter; He is theSon of God in whom the Father finds joy.
The feast of the Lord’s Baptism reminds us orshould remind us of our own Baptism and its consequences. When we are baptized, we also become the beloved sons and daughters of God. Naturally, God will love us because we are God’s children, and every good Father continues to love his children no matter what. However, we should also focus on how to conduct ourselves, so that the Father has cause to rejoice over us.
When God the Father looks at Jesus, it is not only the love of a father but also a father who delights in his son. This is similar to what you (as a father or mother) experience when your child graduates or becomes a wonderful human being.
God takes delight in our lives if we live according to our Baptismal promises. These include the faith we profess – what we believe – but also those things that we (as sons and daughters of God) reject. Walking the path of Jesus means to make choices and to abandon all that is contrary to our beliefs and our commitments. Doing so makes us different. Even though the Sacrament of Baptism gives us the grace proper to our calling, it is not some form of magic. God shares with us His own life, which we call grace. We must choose to collaborate with God, because grace does not take away our freedom. Our Baptismal commitment goes beyond the moment of the celebration of Baptism; it is a commitment that animates
every single moment of our lives. The same is true of the Sacrament of Matrimony; the promises made at a wedding must be fulfilled each and every day in the life of the couple.