Baptism Unto Life and Bread of Life

Greetings on this the Thursday of the Third Week of Easter
Readings: Acts 8:26-40; PS 66:8-9, 16-17, 20; Jn 6:44-51
Notes: When we baptize we baptize unto the Lord.

The first three Sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist) are inseparable.

While in time they may come at different times, in reality it is one divine action.

  1. Baptism unto the new life of forgiveness and Resurrection.
  2. Anointing of the Holy Spirit for gift of person and power.
  3. Holy Communion (Eucharist) for intimate life with the Lord every day.

First reading
Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch.

Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply,
“I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this?
About himself, or about someone else?”
Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this Scripture passage,
he proclaimed Jesus to him.

As they traveled along the road
they came to some water,
and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water.
What is to prevent my being baptized?”
Then he ordered the chariot to stop,
and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water,
and he baptized him.

Responsorial Psalm
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Alleluia Verse
I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live forever.

Gospel Portion
Jesus said to the crowds:

They shall all be taught by God.

[And then He taught them]
I am the bread of life.
Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died;
this is the bread that comes down from heaven
so that one may eat it and not die.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

Enter the intimate life of Jesus by partaking of his Body and Blood.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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