13 January 2010

Commemoration of the Baptism of Our Lord

Epiphany, which means manifestation, celebrates the manifestation of Christ's divinity. First, in the adoration of the Magi; secondly, in his baptism in the Jordan River; and thirdly, in the miraculous change of water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana. Although all three of these events in the life of Christ are celebrated in the feast of Epiphany, the accent is clearly on the adoration of the Magi, and understandably so in light of the proximity of the feast to Christmas. To keep us from overlooking the other two manifestations of Christ's divinity, however, the traditional calendar commemorates our Lord's Baptism on the Octave-Day of the Epiphany, i.e. today, and then gives us the Gospel of the wedding feast at Cana on the following Sunday, the first after the Epiphany Octave.

Let us continue to rejoice, therefore, in the divine Son who deigned to become man in order to save us from our sins. Happy feasting!

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