Baptism of the Lord

At first glance, the Baptism of the Lord might seem an odd feast since the Church teaches that the sacrament of Baptism is necessary for the remission of sins, particularly Original Sin.  Therefore, why was Christ baptized?  After all, He was born without Original Sin, and He lived His entire life without sinning.

We have to think He had no need of the sacrament, as we do.  But Christ’s baptism foreshadows our own baptism.  In submitting Himself humbly to the baptism of St. John the Baptist, Christ provided the example for the rest of us.

If He should be baptized, even though He had no need of it, how much more should the rest of us be thankful for this sacrament, which frees us from the darkness of sin and incorporates us into the Church, the life of Christ on earth!

His Baptism, therefore, was necessary—not for Him, but for us.  With the celebration of the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord the season of Christmas comes to a close.  (9:7)