“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance”— John the Baptist’s exhortation to the Pharisees and Sadducees who had no intention of dipping their feet into the water, but whom John noted, were among those who came to see, like we do in T&T when drama emerges. Luke captured the moment in time, as did Matthew. We too should take note.
T’was quite an extraordinary religious experience with plenty imagery, a highly visual mysterious scene, as described by two commentators, Fr Michel De Verteuil CSSp and Thomas O’Loughlin. The Holy Spirit descended like a dove from heaven. God touched humanity, the voice from heaven made an impact declaring ownership, sonship, intimate love, divine communion, and solidarity with mere mortals as we sometimes perceive ourselves, not acknowledging who and what we are.
Christian baptism today also symbolises repentance, cleansing and commitment, with a particular emphasis. It’s our identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.