Today is the feast of the Holy Baptism of the Lord.
He was born-- Ignatius of Antioch, Ephesians 18:2
and was baptized
that by His Passion
He might cleanse the water.
Pusillanimity-- "I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me?"
by St. John Henry Newman
How didst thou start, Thou Holy Baptist, bid
To pour repentance on the Sinless Brow!
Then all thy meekness, from thy hearers hid,
Beneath the Ascetic's port, and Preacher's fire,
Flow'd forth, and with a pang thou didst desire
He might be chief, not thou.
And so on us at whiles it falls, to claim
Powers that we dread, or dare some forward part;
Nor must we shrink as cravens from the blame
Of pride, in common eyes, or purpose deep;
But with pure thoughts look up to God, and keep
Our secret in our heart.
June 22, 1833.