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).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Gospel Reflections The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Sunday January 9: Matthew 3:13-17

My Reflections:
A deeply spiritual or religious person would always seek the blessing of a priest or simply visit their church to pray before he embarks on a major journey in his life. For example a soldier who will be assigned to a dangerous assignment would first visit his church to seek the blessing of their priest/pastor or attend the celebration of Holy Mass or to spend time in the Adoration chapel. A person who is set to travel to the other side of the globe will do the same. In other words a deeply religious/spiritual person would always find time for God first before doing that important decision in his life.

Are we like that? Do we ask the blessing of God first before doing important decisions in our lives?

Jesus just did that! Before starting his three years public ministry he first went to John the Baptist to be baptized by him. At first John was not inclined to do it for he knew who Jesus was but Jesus insisted. After His baptism the Holy Spirit of God descended upon Him like a dove to affirm and say to Jesus that you can now go and start your salvific mission.

Nowadays before doing or making important decisions in our lives many of us are not anymore conscious of the importance of a priest’s blessing. Of having that heart to heart talk with Jesus who is in the tabernacle of our church and of visiting Jesus who is exposed in our church’s Adoration chapel.    

This baptism of the Lord reminds us also of our own baptism, we were not just baptized because our parents want us to be or for the sake of us being baptized. There’s an important responsibility attached with our baptism: Like Jesus we must also spread the good news of our salvation, like Jesus we must also teach and live our faith.  

Now that we are old enough we must know that our baptism in the church is not just a ritual that we must go through. It is a Sacrament that we must live and share. - Marino J. Dasmarinas1

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