St. John the Baptist reveals the greatness of Jesus and witnesses God the Father reveal that Jesus is the Son of God. Every Catholic man can grow in happiness by seeking the Gift of Piety so a man can be drawn to parishes where the Eucharist is truly awed and by building the Virtue of Prayer so he can always strive to converse with each Person of the Trinity.

Commentary

Moving toward the celebration of Epiphany which recalls when the Wise Men (the Magi) travel great distances to worship the Christ Child, Jesus’ Holy Catholic Church recalls the Baptism of Jesus. At His Baptism, Jesus (and others) experience a mysterious and powerful supernatural encounter with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. In these passages, the Three Persons of the Trinity are present and made manifest. 

John the Baptist, the long-prophesized forerunner of Jesus, was miraculously conceived to the barren Elizabeth and her elderly husband Zechariah with the specific mission to announce the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. Because he is the greatest among men born of women (Mt 11:11), John the Baptist recognizes his own unworthiness compared to the hidden Christ; John humbly confesses he is not worthy to attend to Jesus’ sandals, the most menial task of the lowest slave in an ancient household. 

The baptisms performed by John the Baptist were rituals which symbolized a person’s repentance from their sins, and the hope they would be forgiven by God. Jesus, like men in every way except sin, has no need for baptism; He has no sin from which to repent. Nevertheless, out of solidarity with mankind and to take on all the sins of the world, Jesus submits to be baptized by the unworthy John. The heavens open up (literally, “ripped” or “torn”), the Holy Spirit descends like a dove, and God the Father confirms His pleasure with His Son, offering a supernatural confirmation of the long-promised coming of the Messiah. John the Baptist’s many years of austere service to God in the wilderness is rewarded as he is given the consolation of witnessing the supernatural manifestation of the Trinity (Jn 1:32). 

Be awed by Jesus Christ

John the Baptist, who Jesus calls the greatest of men (Mt 11:11), considers himself unworthy to do the work of the lowest slave (removing Jesus sandals/washing His feet). The perfection of Justice, be awed that Jesus rewards John (an act of Vindication, a part of Justice) by allowing John to baptize Him and allowing John to personally hear the actual voice of God the Father confirm Jesus is the Son of God. 

Go where the Eucharist is truly awed

Realize: Sadly, in many parishes, the Liturgy of the Mass is offered without profound reverence, making the Mass seem common and uninspiring and causing men to struggle to perceive the astonishing reality of Jesus’ manifestation in the Eucharist; to remain steadfast and grow in faith, every Catholic man should seek a parish where the Mass is offered with a profound awe of the Eucharist. 

Believe: Reflect upon the startling truth of the Epiphany of Christ (CCC 438, 535, 1286).

Pray: Holy Spirit, give me the Gift of Piety so You fill me with a continual awe of the Presence of the Blessed Trinity in my life and You lead me to a parish where the Body and Blood of Christ is reverently worshiped with holy fear and heavenly joy. 

Converse with each Person of the Trinity

Realize: Consider with awe how in the Baptism of Jesus, His Divinity is astoundingly revealed by the supernatural presence of God the Father (through His voice) and the Holy Spirit (through the dove), confirming the reality of each person of the Trinity. 

Believe: Reflect upon the Belief in the Trinity (CCC 150-152).

Pray: Jesus, Divine Person of the Trinity, help me build the Virtue of Prayer (a part of Justice) so I regularly have deep conversations with each Person of the Trinity, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.