Baptism of our Lord
The Sunday after Epiphany, we honor Jesus’s baptism and the beginning of his public ministry at age thirty. When John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove, and God the Father announced Jesus’s place as his Son. With this, Jesus was sent out to proclaim the Gospel. This feast also highlights the humility of Jesus, who submitted himself to John even when John said Jesus was his superior. We celebrate Jesus’s desire to become one with us in all things except sin, and we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us to minister to his people.