Theophany (2012)

“Christ’s descent into the Jordan reveals His intention to restore the universe, to assume human nature in its fullness in order to purify it.  The New Noah, the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, saves all beings from the flood, establishing a new humanity in the waters of the Jordan. . . .

Theophany’ means ‘divine manifestation.’ At the beginning of His Public ministry, Christ is revealed to men by the Father, while the Spirit, symbolized by the dove, dwells within Him.  The work of Christ, who came to free mankind, does not begin with an extraordinary act, but rather by His participation in human living, His submission to the laws, His humble self-abasement.  By inaugurating His ministry with the regeneration of water, which is the foundation of life, Christ blesses all of creation and invites man to a metanoi, a conversion through his own descent into the purifying waters.  While at Christmas, God enters time, mankind on this day penetrates divine Eternity, anticipating the Eighth Day.”  (Michael Quenot, THE RESURRECTION AND THE ICON, pp 142-143)