Once upon a time an eager disciple asked the master, “How much water does one need for a valid baptism? How much water is sufficient?”
This was, so it seems, a very frequent question, as some folks baptize in the river, some folks baptize in a baptismal pool, while others baptize with just a few drops of water on the head.
The master turned his gaze towards the disciple and answered, “A valid baptism needs as much water as it would take to drown in.”
Source | Philip Chircop sj
The word “baptism” derives from the Greek baptizein meaning “to immerse, to drown, to submerge”. The Greek verb bapto, from which the verb baptizo is derived, also means “to dip, steep, dye, color.”
What if baptism is all about “drowning”, dying to the old self and being born to the new self? What if it is about shedding the false self and putting on the true self? What if it is about marinating in the Source until one reflects the dye, the colour and the texture of the source?