In today’s Gospel, we once again hear about the Baptism of the Lord. John identifies Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. In Baptism, we are forgiven of our sins and we become one with God! Think about that. “Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission”. (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1213)
One of the greatest gifts given to us in Baptism, besides forgiveness of sin, is the privilege of approaching God the Father in prayer and petition through Jesus and the Holy Spirit! We are called by the very nature of our Baptismal promises to live a life of sacrificial offering through our prayer to God. When we approach God in prayer, we do not approach Him alone. It is Jesus and the Holy Spirit praying in and through us to the Father! This is powerful!