John Was Not the Christ; Jesus Was Baptized


Luke 3:15-16, 21-22


John was connected to the Messiah.

John said that he was not the Messiah.

Saint Augustine said that John was humble.

John knew that he was a lamp without pride.


John baptized Christ as the light of the world.

It was the start of Jesus’s ministry.

It was preparation for public life.

The baptism was quite significant.


Christ was the Messiah of everyone.

He was the Son of God.  He took His first

Step to become our suffering Servant.

Everyone could be reconciled with God.


John baptized Christ in the Jordan River.

IU (Indiana University) also has a Jordan River.


Patrick McCaskey


Patrick McCaskey is a Vice President and Director of the Chicago Bears, Chair of Sports Faith International, and Chair of WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5, as well as poet and the author of our Sports and Faith Series. He is also a grandson of George “Papa Bear” Halas. Surprising, inspiring, and all very human, Patrick McCaskey’s Poems About the Gospel and Poems About the Gospel II are books for all seasons where readers can find a few words of encouragement in every poem. Poems About the Gospel is available from Sporting Chance PressAmazon and select bookstores like the Little Way in Crystal Lake. Poems About the Gospel II is exclusively available from Amazon.

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Image: Photo by Father Lawrence Lew, O. P., Saint Augustine in the church of San Bernardo alle Terme in Rome.