Sunday was the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
According to the Bible, before Jesus began his earthly ministry, John the Baptist was God’s appointed messenger. John had been traveling around, announcing the coming of the Messiah to the people throughout the regions of Jerusalem and Judea.
Until this time, Jesus had spent most of his earthly life in quiet obscurity. Suddenly, he appeared on the scene, walking up to John in the River Jordan. He came to John to be baptized. At first, John wasn’t sure, but eventually consented.
After Jesus was baptized, as he came up from the water, the heavens opened and he saw the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. God spoke from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
I was happy to hear our organist and choir at St. Anthony’s in Milwaukee perform this near the end of Mass Sunday.