Greetings on this the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Readings: IS 42:1-4, 6-7; PS 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10; ACTS 10:34-38; MT 3:13-17
Christmas Season Ends
As we draw the Christmas season to a close we do so with the Baptism of the Lord.
It is reasonable to end the celebration of the incarnation with the depths of the purpose of the incarnation.
It is Divine Revelation, the personal revelation of God himself with father speaking, dove descending and son humbling himself to be one of us.
For each case, each person an invitation with the sweetest of intention:
- Those who are a bruised reed he shall not break him
- Those who are a smoldering wick he shall not quench him
- Those who are blind he shall make his eyes opened
- Those in confinement he shall set this prisoners free
- Those who live in darkness he shall be the light to follow.
His baptism is a holy exchange, our misery for a portion of his divinity and friendship.
The salvation path begins with baptism. It is the first among the sacraments. It is the pathway not decided by any other than God. Permit it he said in order to fulfill all righteousness. Baptism brings forgiveness for original sin and the actual sin of each person. His Baptism opens the heavens and brings us into the interior life of God.
Mass 4:00 PM Vigil Feast Baptism of the Lord
Tell story of mother’s baptism and the chain of baptisms until this day.
Tell the story of the new baptismal rite prayers.
Remind today we will renew the baptismal promise.
It is this holy touch the hand of God reaches all of us through the hands of the one administering the sacrament. Touch me and I shall be healed.
Jesus, touch me.
Please we all need to be the hands of God.
Peace be with you,