This weekend, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, closes the liturgical season of Christmas.
All of our Christmas season biblical stories have come from the first two chapters of the gospels of Matthew and Luke; these are sometimes called the “infancy narratives” because they describe the how the birth of Jesus came about.
In chapter three, these two gospels synch up with the first chapters of Mark and John, and describe how Jesus came to the river Jordan, as many others came, to be baptized by his relative, John the Baptist, whose mother was Elizabeth. Luke reports that Jesus was about 30 years old at the time.
Because Jesus’ baptism marked the beginning of his public ministry, it is very fitting that this feast closes the celebration of the Christmas season, and leads us into Ordinary Time.