He Emptied Himself In the Waters

“In the Jordan River our Savior crushed the serpent’s head and wrested us free from his grasp.”

Antiphon, Vespers, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

With the feast of the Baptism of the Lord we bring the liturgical season of Christmas to its conclusion, and we call to mind the manifestation of Jesus as the only begotten and beloved Son of the Father.

He did crush the serpent’s head, doing so by becoming humble and low, allowing Himself, the sinless one, to be baptized by a mere mortal.

So, too, our own baptism is a joining (continually, daily) to His death so that we can put sin to death in our hearts. Filled with the grace of the Son, we can grow more and more each day into the fullness of adoption that the Father wills for each of us.

Indeed, baptism is powerful because it is a humble acknowledgement of absolute powerlessness.   There is no other way to salvation than to follow our Lord through the pathway of the waters.

About Father Nathan Reesman

On Twitter: @FatherReesman Father Nathan Reesman is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, ordained in 2006. He is the Shared Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, and also of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish, both in West Bend, Wisconsin. Father Reesman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, obtaining his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in the year 2000. He completed his seminary studies at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2006, obtaining a Masters of Divinity. Father Reesman completed post-graduate studies at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, obtaining a Doctor of Ministry in 2019.
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