May 7, 2014

A pilgrim visits the site of Jesus' baptism along the Jordan River. April 30. Pope Francis will pray at the site May 24 during his Holy Land visit. (CNS photo/Dale Gavlak)

''Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him. After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”'

- Mat. 3:13-17