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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

2 Corinthians 5:19-20: God has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, we know our sin has broken your heart and offended your holiness. Words, therefore, cannot communicate our thankfulness to you. You were hurt by our sin and yet provided a sacrifice to redeem us from it and reconcile us back to you. We praise you for your grace, thank you for your love, and promise to share your mercy. Through Jesus our sacrifice we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (January 13, 2013)
Day: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
First Reading: Is 42:1-4, 6-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
Second Reading: Acts 10:34-38
Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
Lectionary: 21
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
15As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus’ baptism is the receiving and the beginning of his mission as God’s suffering Servant. He allowed himself to be counted among sinners. Jesus submitted himself completely to his Father’s will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the decrease of our sins. Jesus will be the source of the Spirit intended for all who come to believe in him. At his baptism the heavens were opened and the waters were blessed by the descent of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, signifying the beginning of a new creation. How can we enter into the mystery of Jesus’ meek self-abasement and baptism? A seventh century Church father tells us: “Let us be buried with Christ by Baptism to rise by him; let us go down with him to be raised through him; and let us rise with him to be glorified by him." Do we want to see our life transformed? And do we want to become a more effective tool of the gospel? Examine Jesus’ humility and ask the Holy Spirit to falsify this same attitude in our heart. As we do, heaven will open for us as well. The Lord is ever ready to renew and refashion us through his Spirit and to anoint us for task as his ambassadors. We are called to be “light” and “salt” to those living around us. The Lord wants his love and truth to shine through us that others may see the kindness and truth of God’s message of salvation. Ask the Lord Jesus to fill us with his Holy Spirit that we may radiate the joy of the gospel to those around us. Loving Infant Jesus, fill us with your Holy Spirit and inflame our heart with the joy of the gospel. May we find joy in seeking to please you just as you found joy in seeking to please your Father.


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