Artists frequently portray the shepherds or the magi kneeling in the presence of the baby Jesus. Similarly, works of art also depict people kneeling at the cross where Jesus died. Perhaps we should also create paintings and sculptures of the faithful kneeling in wonder as Jesus is baptized.
The Son of God is baptized in the Jordan. The Holy Spirit descends. The Heavenly Father speaks: this is my son, the beloved. The Holy Trinity in whose name the church baptizes is visibly and audibly present at Jesus’ own baptism.
Whatever else it does, Jesus’ baptism gives us a glimpse of his glory. O come let us adore him.