Sunday, January 13, 2008

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Today we mark the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. With this feast we bring Christmas to an end and embark upon a short season of Ordinary Time prior to Lent. St. Gregory of Nazianzus, in a sermon on this feast, tells us that, in light of our baptism, we "are to be radiant lights as [we] stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of him who is the light of heaven. [We] are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now [we] have received - though not in its fullness- a ray of its splendor, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever."

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