God’s Power Manifest in the Sacrament of Baptism Reply

I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him -- Jn 1:32

I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven
and remain upon him — Jn 1:32

In today’s Gospel reading (John 1:29-34), John the Baptist witnesses an enormous manifestation of God’s power at the moment he baptizes our Lord. As a witness of God’s power, he testifies:

“I did not know him, but … Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

What did John see? More…

Why Did Jesus Have to Be Baptized? 6

It does seem a little odd, doesn’t it?

John’s mission was to announce Christ’s coming, to preach repentance for sins and conversion, to baptize people as a way of cleansing them of their sins and when Jesus appears on the scene, He shows up in line to be baptized.

But Jesus wasn’t a sinner – he never sinned! He didn’t need to repent, so why should he be baptized? More…

The Words From Heaven: The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord (Part VI) 4

By Fr Jason Smith

“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” More…

The Church Fathers Reflect on Jesus and the Holy Spirit: The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord (Part V) Reply

By Fr Jason Smith

Glass_Baptism_of_Christ_detail_DSCN4021_copyThe Baptism of the Lord was accompanied by one of the most stunning and remarkable events found in Sacred Scripture: The rending open of the heavens, the visible descent of the Spirit like a dove, and the Father’s audible voice. More…

The Meaning of the Dove: The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord, Part III Reply

 By Fr Jason Smith

The Baptism of the Lord was accompanied by one of the most stunning and remarkable events found in Sacred Scripture: The rending open of the heavens, the visible descent of the Spirit like a dove, and the Father’s audible voice. More…

The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord, Part IV: When Jesus Becomes Christ Reply

Fr Jason Smith LC

Fr Jason Smith LC

The Baptism of the Lord was accompanied by one of the most stunning and remarkable events found in Sacred Scripture: The rending open of the heavens, the visible descent of the Spirit like a dove, and the Father’s audible voice. More…

The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord, Part II: The Opening of the Heavens 4

by Fr Jason Smith

The Baptism of the Lord was accompanied by one of the most stunning and remarkable events found in Sacred Scripture: The rending open of the heavens, the visible descent of the Spirit like a dove, and the Father’s audible voice. More…

The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord, Conclusion 3

By Fr Jason Smith

Today we conclude our reflection on this event as found in the Gospel of Luke, 3, 21-22, which offers powerful insights into the life of Christ and our faith in the Triune God.

“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” More…

The Theophany After the Baptism of the Lord, Part I: Jesus’ Prayer 5

by Fr Jason Smith

The Baptism of the Lord was accompanied by one of the most stunning and remarkable events found in Sacred Scripture: The rending open of the heavens, the visible descent of the Spirit like a dove, and the Father’s audible voice.

The importance of this remarkable moment can not be underestimated. Not only was it pivotal for Jesus himself but also for the early Church, More…