This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord
Today’s Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/011021.cfm
Reflections for this Sunday’s Readings:
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. “He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water” (St. Gregory Nazianzen, Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634). Jesus’ immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God’s will. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin—Original and actual—and begin to live a new life with God.
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You are invited to download and print the Order of Service and Father David’s Homily found below to follow along and participate in this weekend’s Mass.
And Be Sure to Check Out This Sunday’s Bulletin…
- Thank you from St. Vincent de Paul pg 2
- Walk for Life sponsored by the Northeast Youth Ministry Deanery pg 6
- Login into Formed Daily to impact your faith life in 2021 pg 7
- Project ONE Update pg 8-9
…and much, much more!
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