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Christmas season is drawing to a close this coming Sunday with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus’s Baptism is one of a handful of stories that can be found in all four Gospels (Mt 3: 13-17; Mk 1: 9-11; Lk 3: 21-22; Jn 1: 29-34). In the synoptic Gospels the words of God the Father ring out that Jesus is his beloved son in whom he is pleased. John’s Gospel makes it clear that Jesus is the Son of God. What is said of Jesus at the river Jordan is also our inheritance. We, too, became a beloved child of God at our own Baptism.

This Sunday’s feast is a good time to reflect with children on what the gift of Baptism means. As we reflect on Jesus’s Baptism, we can also find a way to commemorate our own—and our children’s—Baptisms. During this Year of Faith a plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, and make a visit to the place where the person was baptized in order to renew his or her baptismal promises (for more information visit: You can check out the following website for a format for the renewal of one’s baptismal promises:

Other ways to remember and speak about the meaning of Baptism are:

·       Remind the child that each time we bless ourselves with holy water it can be a moment to remember that first blessing during Baptism.

·       Pull out the photo album or digital album and talk about what it was like the day the child was baptized.

·       Have the child make a card to his or her godparents thanking them for the witness they give.

·       And… if you are a godparent, consider making a card for your godchild writing to them a particular reflection on what the gift of Baptism means to you.


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