There are many beautiful and symbolic parallels between the Baptism of Jesus and His Death and Resurrection.
A friend tries to interfere: “John tried to prevent him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?’”
At the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter would try to prevent Jesus’ Passion by attacking the servant of the high priest. (Mt 26:51)
Jesus replies to the Baptist: “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
In the garden, Jesus rebukes Peter’s interference: “All this has come to pass that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled.”
After Jesus was baptized, “the heavens were opened for him.”
After Jesus’ Resurrection, Heaven was opened for us.
John the Baptist saw “the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon [Jesus].”
After His Ascension, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit upon the Church at Pentecost.
At Jesus’ Baptism: “A voice came from the heavens, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’”
When we are Baptized, God looks at each of us and declares us His beloved child.
In the Baptism of Our Lord we receive the font of all graces, and the Body of Christ, washed in Baptism, becomes the means of salvation for all peoples. Jesus’ earthly Body was plunged into the waters of death so that the waters of Baptism might become the source of life for all the members of His Mystical Body, the Church. Now we, the Body, do as Christ, Our Head, has commanded: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” May our joy at celebrating the Baptism of Our Lord extend to every Christian Baptism we celebrate this year.