First Week of Ordinary Time

Posted: January 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Baptism of the Lord

Christmas decorations have finally been put away and New Year’s celebrations are now in the past; however how is 2015 going to be different?

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan closes the Christmas Season.  This reflection on the scripture readings for the feast also provide us insight into the sacraments of baptism and Confirmation.  Many of our year 9 and 10 students will have started their Catechesis this week.

At first glance, the scene makes little sense.  John’s strident call to repentance provokes an overwhelming response.  People of all shapes and sizes flock to him in the wilderness.  They are baptized in the Jordan as a sign of repentance and cleansing.

Suddenly, out of the crowd steps John’s cousin Jesus.  Wait a minute.  What’s Jesus, the sinless one, doing in a crowd of repenting sinners?  What’s he doing coming forward to be baptized by John, who is by his own admission, is inferior to his cousin?

Jesus does not enter the water to be sanctified.  He empowered the water to become no longer just an outward sign, but a vehicle of the Holy Spirit bringing inner cleansing, rebirth, and transformation.

At our own baptism we were invited to share in Christ’s anointing to transform the world. That’s why we are called “Christians” or anointed ones. As we begin 2015, let us remember out own baptismal vows and that Christian call to serve others.

The next post is on Pope Francis New Year resolutions.  Some of these may help you transform 2015 into a really special year

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