Friday, January 9, 2015

Baptism of the Lord

Dear Parishioners,

This second Sunday in the season of Epiphany always finds us coming to the water as we remember and celebrate the baptism of the Lord (Mark 1:7-11). All four gospels tell us that Jesus came to John the Baptist at the Jordan River. And though John’s Gospel does not tell us of his baptism, we know from all the gospels that the Spirit descended on our Lord empowering him for his mission. It is the water, however, that seems to have some spiritually magnetic pull on our Lord and all of us. Jesus comes to the Jordan, drawn there by John’s preaching, to identify fully with our humanity. What if God is inviting us again to come to the water and rediscover the very basic realities of our faith? To come to the water, following our Lord, is to come again to who we are, born of God’s Spirit and made a child of God.

- Deacon Robert

“If we could only see the joy of our guardian angel
when he sees us fighting our temptations!”
~ Thoughts of the Cure D’Ars