This last Sunday we celebrated The Baptism of the Lord, and we were all blessed with one of the best homilies I have ever heard on baptism. You can actually hear Father Erik's entire homily via podcast here. It's just under 8.5 minutes and a really great listen, if you've got a few minutes. For me, it finally impressed upon me two of the reasons Christ was baptized. The first reason comes directly from Sacred Scripture :
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us
to fulfill all righteousness.”
--from Matthew's Gospel chapter 3
To fulfill all righteousness is the first reason. The second reason I know I've heard before, but it wasn't until this weekend that it finally stuck. When we are baptized we are cleansed. Jesus did not need cleansing from sinfulness and so his baptism had a different purpose. Jesus cleansed the water by his baptism. Pretty awesome, right? Anyway, I found it all to be pretty profound. Listen to the homily. Tell me what stands out for you.