Quotations:

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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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

My Reflections for Sunday January 13, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Gospel:
The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
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My Reflections:
A newly deputized Eucharistic Lay Minister was so proud of his new found parish ministry that he invited everyone in there place to announce to them that he is now a Eucharistic Minister. He was not content with that kind of publicity so he told those who were gathered that he became a Lay Minister because he wanted it for so long. And according to him, no one influenced him to join the ministry but himself. After two months the Lay Minister was not anymore in the ministry.

What separates John from this Lay Minister? John is humble and this Lay Minister is not, John pointed to Jesus as the greater power in his ministry while the Lay Minister pointed to himself as the power behind his short-lived church involvement.

We celebrate today the feast of the baptism of the Lord. What does it tells us?  It reminds us of our own baptismal mission; it reminds us that we have a responsibility to do as baptized Christians. Our baptismal mission is to share our faith and in sharing our faith we also have a responsibility to do, none other than to share our faith with humility. And to let the virtue of humility become an integral part of our lives, this simply means that we must be humble at all times. 

What if we do not have the virtue of humility? We will not become effective bearers and sharers of the teachings of Jesus. We will not also become successful in our mission to bring others to Jesus. 

We can convince others to follow Christ if we would always be humble. We could develop the curiosity of our fellowmen to be interested with our faith if we live it with humility. As Jesus and John were humble evangelizers of the faith during their time, so must we. For the reason that it is only through our humility that we could effectively live our baptismal mission.

There is no other way but the way of humility. …    

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