Entering the Dirty Waters

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

My first thought when I saw the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized was, “Man, that water is dirty!” It had been raining a few days before our visit so a lot of sediment had been washed into the river, leaving it a muddy brown. But upon reflection, the idea of Jesus entering into dirty water for his baptism was a very fitting image of the Incarnation, when the Son of God entered into the “dirty water” of our human nature.