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Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6
Matthew 2:1-12

You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you

Fr. John Thornhill, SM EMMAUS SERIES
The destiny of each of us has its origin in the Father’s decision, before time began, to create us and to call us to a unique place in the divine plan of creation. Our response to God’s call is made as we take up the issues of our lives. Because he ‘has been put to the test in exactly the same way as we ourselves are, apart from sin’ (Heb 4:15), the Eternal Son’s life among us followed the same pattern as ours

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"Today we must consider the implications of baptism and faith in Christ," writes Jaime L. Waters. "The readings and the larger Gospel message affirm that receiving the Spirit at baptism is only the beginning.... "


Baptism of the Lord (B)

Fr. Chama | Fr. Fleming | Fr. Kavanaugh, SJ | Fr. Hawkswell  | Msgr. Pellegrino | Fr. Smiga | Jamie Waters | VIEW MORE

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The desire to be loved

Fr. Austin Fleming

The Lord’s baptism: Can you and I imagine, even begin to imagine, what that experience was for Jesus? I believe we can… Is there any experience more universally common to everyone than the desire to be loved. Who among us doesn’t want to know: I’m accepted. I’m validated. I’m treasured.  I am someone’s delight. I am loved. Who doesn’t want to hear these words: You are my beloved. You are mine and I am yours. In fact, the desire to be loved, the desire to know that I am loved, is part of my human nature, is part of how I am made, is part of how God made me – and you. I am made to be loved – and to love in return. (2015)

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Turning things upside down

Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr

Seeing Jesus come before him and ask to be baptised is something that took John the Baptist by surprise. In fact, John did the baptism of repentance, inviting people to turn from their sinful ways in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. That’s why people from different cross-sections of society like tax collectors and soldiers, to mention but just some, came to ask John what they should do to repent. It means it’s the baptism for those in need of changing from sinful ways. But does Jesus need repentance? If this is about preparing for the coming of the Messiah, what does his baptism serve? (2020/YEAR A)

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Trusting in the Son of God

Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino

Jesus chooses to be baptized by John to show that he is one with all those who are fighting against evil and fighting for the Kingdom of God.  John says that he himself does not deserve to unfasten Jesus’ sandals, but Jesus demands he be baptized.  The people of the world who long for the Kingdom must see that their King is one of them.  The voice of God the Father proclaims that Jesus is the Son of God. This is my Son, my Beloved, in whom I am well pleased. (2021)

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Baptism is only the beginning

Jamie Waters

Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus. Mark describes the event with a few key details—Jesus is baptized by John in the Jordan River; the heavens part; the Spirit descends like a dove and a voice in heaven affirms Jesus as the beloved Son. The narrative reveals the Trinity with Father, Son and Holy Spirit clearly and distinctly represented together at the event. The celebration of Jesus’ baptism is an opportune time to reflect on the requirements that come with being baptized. (2021)

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Priceless living

Fr. George Smiga 

God freely chooses Jesus as a Son. This was no financial interaction. No money exchanged hands. It was a free choice by God to claim Jesus as God’s own. God chooses you and me in a very similar way. God chooses us to be beloved sons and daughters and then surrounds us with an amazing variety of free gifts. How much did you pay for the breath you just took and the thirty that came before it? Where would you be if those breaths had not been freely given? How expensive are the relationships in your life, your family, the people that you depend upon? Do you pay an annual fee for relating to them? (2003)

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Contemplate with Mary the face of Christ

Fr. Vincent Hawkswell

The Church links Christ’s baptism with two other “manifestations”: the visit of the wise men and his first public miracle. When Pope St. John Paul II gave the Church the five new “mysteries of light” to meditate on as we say the Rosary, he included both these events. Each is a “revelation of the Kingdom now present in the very Person of Christ,” he said. In the first, “as Christ descends into the waters, the innocent one who became sin for our sake, the heavens open wide and the voice of the Father declares him the beloved Son, while the Spirit descends on him to invest him with the mission which he is to carry out.” (2021)

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Transformations of the body

Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ

Jesus’ baptism is at the heart of his mission to heal us. He enters even the wounds of our self-rejection, without having made the rejection himself. He accepts full solidarity with us even if it means being seen as sinner. Jesus’ baptism is one of his earliest great transformations of our human condition. The first was that the Word itself could take human flesh. (1997)

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Special meaning of water

Fr. René J. Butler, M.S.

There are at least four major scenes in the Bible involving water. At the very beginning of creation, even before God utters the words, “Let there be light!” we find the Spirit of God hovering over the waters. In Noah’s time water became a great flood. It marked the end of vice and a new beginning of virtue. It was also then that the dove became a significant symbol of peace. In the book of Exodus the descendants of Abraham passed dry-shod through the waters of the Red Sea. The time of slavery was over. A new time of freedom had begun. All four Gospels mention the baptism of Jesus in the waters of the Jordan. This marked the end of Jesus’ private life and the beginning of his public ministry. Again, we find the Holy Spirit present at the event. (2021)

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Baptism is a new begining

Laura Kazlas

Have you ever had an experience of time standing still? An event so major in your life that you could not react to it? All you could do was to just experience the present moment you were in? Like the moment you proposed to your wife, or held your newborn baby for the first time? Newborn babies look at their parents for a long period of time, shortly after they are born. They are bonding with their mother and father in those first precious moments of life, but the parents are even more profoundly affected by the miracle of their new baby’s birth. In a way, Jesus experienced a new birth, when he rose from the baptismal waters. No, he had no need of baptism, he had no sins to be washed away. But, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit, in a bond of love with his Father, in the first moments after he rose from the waters of baptism. A new, deeper bond formed in that moment in time between Jesus and His Father. (2015)

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Life Issue Posts

Baptism of the Lord (B)

Lifeissues.net website  publishes  articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al Cariño, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.

Relating personally with God as Father

Al Carino

Let it be our prayer that Jesus’ placing of His Father at the center of His life may also be realized in us so that all that we think, say and do will be from and for God our Father.

Why wait?

Frank Enderle

If during this year that has just begun, we concentrate on the fact that God thought enough of us The prophetic mission that Christ brought to the world did not end with His death on the Cross. When a Christian is baptized, He or she shares in that mission to be a prophet, to evangelize, to proclaim the Good News that Our Lord came to bring us.

Faith and Reason

Antonio P. Pueyo

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth. Give testimony about your Catholic faith. Share it with others.

No Special Treatment

Antonio P. Pueyo

If God humbled Himself by coming among us as a man, so should we learn to be humble. The natural inclination is to insist on our own importance and to seek special privileges for ourselves. We want to be exempted from falling in line, from normal procedures, and even from traffic rules.

Through Baptism Outsiders Become Insiders

Jeremiah R. Grosse

Cornelius and his family would definitely qualify as outsiders according to God’s initially missionary plan of speaking only to those of the House of Israel; however, the revelation of the universality of God’s message has now made them insiders.

After Jesus’ baptism the horror show begins

Tom Bartolomeo

We can never really appreciate the horror Jesus endured just living in this “vale of tears”. Like an innocent child who knows no sin and is suddenly confronted with naked evil we can picture the indescribable horror on a child’s face, the terror and fright in his eyes which Jesus felt In his soul. Over time, however, the horror in an ordinary child’s soul diminishes and becomes a familiar encounter with sin: pride, anger, envy, cruelty and the indifference of others, a limitless list of sins he observes until he is desensitized.