Baptism evokes strange responses from people.  Often hear from younger people “don’t want to baptise my child as I want them to decide later for themselves”. A bit strange when you think about it. Parents don’t give their children any choice when it comes to eating veggies, learning to read and write, knowing right from wrong. They enforce these things, I think, as it is considered essential for adulthood. If we recognise, from birth, that children have intellectual, social, moral needs that are important why are we inconsistent when it comes to the spiritual side of things?

On this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord we learn three important things: i) We are the beloved of God – claimed for God; ii) Baptism offers us a privileged mission; and iii) Baptism reminds us that we do not live a privatised faith but very much a public one that offers witness to the world.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Baptism of the Lord

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.

Isaiah 40:1-5;9-11; Psalm 103; Titus 2:11-14,3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16,21-22

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