Ludovico Carracci 1555 - 1619
The Baptism of Jesus
Oil on canvas
140 cm x 211 cm
Musée des beaux-arts, Lyon
The Baptism of the Lord is the first Sunday after the Epiphany. It ends the Christmas season
The Catechism says of the event which the Feast celebrates:
"1224 Our Lord voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John, intended for sinners, in order to "fulfill all righteousness."19 Jesus' gesture is a manifestation of his self-emptying.20 The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude of the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as his "beloved Son."21
Footnotes:17 Cf. Mt 3:13.18 Mt 28:19-20; cf. Mk 16:15-16.19 Mt 3:15.20 Cf. Phil 2:7.21 Mt 3:16-17."
It is the beginning of Christ`s public ministry. It was a revelation: a revelation of the Christ being the Son of God; and a revelation of the Trinity.
The booklet for today`s Papal Mass in the Sistine Chapel is available as a .pdf file here.