On this day on which we bring the Christmas season to a close, we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord Jesus. It is a good day for us to recall our own Baptism and the meaning of it. In Baptism we are washed clean of sin – original and personal – and claimed by God as his children. Not just disciples, but children. As such we are called to reflect that reality in our lives. Jesus, whom we profess in the Creed to be “eternally begotten of the Father” did not need to be baptized to be an adopted son of the Father, but is the Father’s only begotten forever. Yet his Baptism is essential for us as his entering into the waters of the Jordan has purified and made holy the water with which we have been baptized. How appropriate that this Feast concludes this season in which we celebrate the human birth of the Son of God so that we might be reminded of our call to live as children of the Father.