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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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Reflection for Monday January 9, Baptism of the Lord; Matthew 3:13-17

Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17    
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying,  "I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?" Jesus said to him in reply, "Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed him. After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold,the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying,  "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
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If you are to be asked, when were you baptized? You may not be able to answer immediately because you need to get first your Baptismal certificate, that is if you still have kept a copy of your Baptismal certificate. What if you don’t have it anymore?

Unlike our birthday which we never fail to remember each year. We tend to forget our Baptismal day which is far more important than our birthdays. In baptism we are born again thru water and the Holy Spirit and we share in the mission of Jesus, we also officially become a member of the Catholic Church. As baptized Christians it is also our mission to spread with Humility the teachings of Jesus and the universal Church.

In the Gospel, Jesus was baptized by John in the river Jordan. John tried to prevent him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?" Indeed John was so awed that he would be baptizing his master, the one whom he announced as the savior.

Why be baptized by an ordinary mortal like John, why not simply forgo baptism and go directly with His mission? Jesus insisted to be baptized by John because it was the signpost of the commencement of His mission. Before His baptism by john Jesus was an ordinary mortal just like us.

But after His baptism Jesus’ oneness with God  was immediately affirmed by the Holy Spirit. And was immediately reinforced by the voice of God who said:  "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17)."

After His baptism Jesus officially started his three years public ministry. He spread the Good news of salvation, he cured the sick, He gave hope, He fed the hungry and so forth. But at the end He suffered and did the supreme sacrifice of giving His life for our salvation.

As baptized Catholics, we are also called to follow Jesus and His baptismal mission. Today is an appropriate time for us to reflect and ask ourselves: Have I been faithful to my baptismal mission? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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