The Luminous
Mysteries of the
                         Baptism of Jesus
And Jesus being baptized, forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened to him:
and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him.  And behold a voice
from heaven, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
They shall no more hunger nor thirst, neither shall the sun fall on them, nor any heat.  For the
Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall rule them, and shall lead them to the fountains of
the waters of life, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
                                                      -Matt 3:16-17, Revelation 7:16-17

Jesus sanctified the waters of baptism by being baptized in the Jordan by John.  I am reminded of my
baptismal promises before the Mass begins as I enter the church.  The water in the holy water fount
serves as a reminder that I have renounced sin, died with Christ and will one day come out of the
waters of death to eternal life.  I, as a baptized Catholic, believe that the Mass is truly heaven on earth
and since Scripture tells me that nothing unclean can enter heaven I wash myself before entering the
heavenly banquet.
Water is an integral part of the Mass from the crossing of myself with holy water and washing of the
priest's hands to the water mixed with wine before the consecration.  This water should always
remind me of my baptism in Christ who is the Living Water.  It should also remind me of the water
and blood that flowed forth from the Savior's side giving birth to the Church.
Lord, help me to remember my promise to renounce Satan and all his works as I wash myself in
preparation for the Holy Banquet.  Help me also to remember that in receiving the cup I not only
drink the Blood of Our Lord but the blood and water that gushed forth at the birth of the Church.  
"Except you... drink his [Jesus] blood, you shall not have life in you.  "...unless a man be born again
of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."  Blood of Christ, inebriate
me.  Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

                         Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Etc.
   Additional clause: ...of thy womb, Jesus, who washes me clean at Mass.
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