I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for the Baptism of the Lord; Sunday January 10: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

My Reflections:
If we will become aware of it the baptism of Jesus is situated in the early part of Luke’s gospel.

Before actually doing His ministry Jesus was first baptized by John in the river Jordan. Through John Jesus was first blessed by God and by means of a Dove the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. By His baptism Jesus first seek God’s blessing before starting His ministry of Salvation. By His baptism Jesus also showed that He was in solidarity with the people who were seeking to be baptized by John. being the anointed of God He need not go through the baptismal process but He choose to be baptized to show that everyone needs God’s anointing and blessings.

As Jesus went thru His self-less three years public ministry this baptismal grace was with Him and constantly strengthening Him.

This baptism of Jesus invites us to remember also our own baptism. When was it? Of course we will not remember because we were still not aware of it then (we were months old then). But being Catholics/Christians we are now being invited by the gospel to remember this very important if not the most important episode in our lives.

We must also be faithful to our own baptismal mission that is to become partners with Jesus in spreading the good news of His salvation. This is where some if not many Catholics are still wanting. Yes we go to church for Mass but does it end there? No it doesn’t we must share the good news about Jesus and the church that He founding through Peter.

We must also learn how to live our faith because the best testament of our faith is on how we live it. We may be Catholics but do we live this faith that we have that was given to us during our baptism?

Mother Teresa of Kolkata lived her baptismal mission to the fullest; she lived it mostly thru her selfless actions. Her kindness—on how she cared for the sick, needy and the dying.

Have we already done something concrete to live our Baptismal mission?

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