BIRTH TO BAPTISM

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“Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him” (Matthew 3:13).

Following their accounts of his birth, Matthew and Luke both move immediately to the baptism of Jesus. Mark opens with Jesus’ baptism and, following his philosophical reflection upon the Word and the deity of Christ, John records the initiation of Jesus’ public ministry with the testimony of John the Baptist. While not diminishing the tradition of celebrating Jesus’ birth, the greater acknowledgement of his life and mission, as evidenced by his own example, is an acknowledgement of faith, marked by baptism, and a lifetime given to the diligent pursuit of the Father’s will.

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