Is 42: 1-4. 6-7 The Sacrament of Baptism incorporates us into the Body of Christ. Jesus is baptized himself in order to sanctify the waters of Baptism for all who follow him. Jesus is sinless and so does not need the effect of the Sacrament applied to himself, in fact, what he does is gives the sacrament its power by associating the sacrament with who he is as Son of God. The voice from heaven is important as it affirms the identity of Jesus and reminds us to consider carefully all he says and does.

Holy Spirit, help me to open my life to the full power and effect of the Sacrament of Baptism so that I might be able to experience its fullness in my life.

Acts 10: 34-38 It is quite clear that the process we celebrate as the Sacrament of Baptism is established very early on in the life of the Church. Not only is there evidence that Jesus is baptized by John but the practice continues throughout the ministry of Jesus and then that of the Early Church. It is also seen to be foundational to the whole idea of adult conversion. Let us never lose sight of its importance to our faith.

Holy Spirit, help me to understand the process and effects of Baptism more fully so that I will be better able to apply them to my life as a disciple of Jesus.

Mt 3: 13-17 Jesus insists on being baptized as he knows his participation in this event will empower the Sacrament that will be later in the Church. Jesus explains that he does so in order to fulfill his obligations as a Jew but there is more to it than that. It is critical to our understanding of the effect of Baptism that we see how it incorporates us into the community of believers – those who believe that God has truly forgiven our sins and calls us into communion with himself.

Holy Spirit, help me to live as a disciple of Jesus. Free from sin according to the grace of baptism and free to become the child of God I am meant to be.