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John the Baptist


Baptism of Repentance 

The Jordan River is not only the sacred site of the Baptism of our Lord, it is also the spot where many repented of their sins in preparation for the Messiah. 

St. Paul tells us that John heralded the message of Christ’s coming by proclaiming a “baptism of repentance” (Acts 13:24). Indeed in the gospels we find him urging people to repent and make straight the Lord’s paths. When the people hear this, those from all over rush to be baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledge their sins. 

What was this baptism of repentance that took place firstly at the Jordan River? John speaks of “the coming wrath” and the ax that will cut down any tree that does not produce good fruit (Matthew 3:7). Yet instead of fearing God’s wrath, John shows a way for people to mourn their sins and look forward to Christ with hope. 

“I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). 

This “word of salvation” is for us, the sinners of today (Acts 13:26). Christ fulfilled the Baptist’s message with the sacramental baptism in which we all share. Standing on the shores of the Jordan River calls one to reflect on one’s own baptism, and one’s continual daily conversion. We are called to make heartfelt repentance. We are called to mourn our sins. We are called to make straight the paths of our hearts for Christ to walk in. We are called to make recourse to the holy waters and incredible graces given to us at baptism, to live in the Holy Spirit, and to bear good fruits.

Consider joining us on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, with the Jordan River being just one of the many inspiring sites. Come see where John the Baptist proclaimed the day of salvation. It is one thing to reflect on the words of the gospels, it is another to walk in the roads of their making. 

St. John the Baptist, pray for us!


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