>Down to the water….and the heavens opened

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 It’s the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord!

It’s a biggie, folks.  It’s the end of the Christmas season (No, really, it is.  Some say Christmas day – pshaw.  Some say Epiphany…well, kinda.  But this is really it.  Unless you have an artificial tree and are truly old school and want to keep it up to Candlemass…that’s like the very beginning of Feb.  And then you are hardcore.).
But it’s a Solemnity and feast where we remember and meditate upon Christ’s baptism by John the Baptist, in the Jordon.  Yeah, the really cool baptism, the first one that really counted.  The one that makes all the others count for something; actually count for everything.

Christ being baptized is a representation of his death and resurrection, and ours as well.  When we get baptized, we die to our very selves and human nature and are reborn in Christ.  He did it first, so that we can do it too.  It’s the penultimate Christmas gift in every way.  From the penultimate Christmas Gift.  Yeah, meditate on that for oh, the next few thousand years!  The richness of our faith and the liturgical year frequently has me waffling between laughing and weeping with joy.  Really, it’s just cool.  And this solemnity is one of the examples why.  Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!
Rejoice.

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Song: “Isaiah 61”, by Matt Maher. “The spirit of the lord is upon me…”

From morning prayer, of course:

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came out of the water and the heavens opened before him.”

4 thoughts on “>Down to the water….and the heavens opened

  1. >Hm…I thought the Feast of the Purification was the end of Christmaas…I think that is when the Holy Father takes the tree down likely barren of needles by then!); that's what my mom tells me anyway!

  2. >Nadja…I know. That's also known as Candlemass….and the hard core/old school folks say so. Father Gideon said that's when he considers Christmas over. And he encouraged us to leave our tree up till then…Until I pointed out that we had a live (or previously live) tree rather than artificial! "Oh!" he said "Then it probably has to come down…ha!" Tom would leave our tree up till then….but our tree came down yesterday, dead dead. But I think you're right that the Pope keeps his up too…so you are in good company!!! (and I bet somehow his tree still seems fresh…) Is your tree gonna stay up? My hat is off to you….. :)And Ordinary Time begins tomorrow, so I'm comfortable with it. Even so, a lovely long season!!! Merry Christmas to you!

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