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Baptism of the Lord Marks Endings, Beginnings

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Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, with the Gospel reading from Mark 1:7-11. This occasion introduces Jesus to the world as the Son of God – pretty dramatic entrance to the world stage, wouldn’t you say? This passage catches your attention. The Baptism of the Lord is a really big day for three reasons. It marks the end of:

The Christmas season, and the beginning of Ordinary Time.Jesus’ private life and the beginning of His ministry.Our separation from God and the beginning of an open line of communication between heaven and earth. 1 We see the physical manifestation of that claim with multiple people hearing the voice of God the Father, when He states, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11).
Baptism Marks an Ending and a Beginning
Endings and beginnings remind us of our own baptisms where we died with Christ and became adopted sons and daughters of the Father. Our baptisms... Read more...

'The seed of eternal life.' Sunday Reflections, The Baptism of the Lord, Year B

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Baptistry, St Mark's, Venice [Web Gallery of Art]

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Gospel Mark 1:7-11 (NRSV, Anglicised CatholicEdition)

John the Baptist proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

In countries where the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated this year on Monday 8 January, eg the Philippines and the USA, there is only one reading before the Gospel and the Creed is omitted. Fea…

Baptism of the Lord - A Day to Remember God's Love

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Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. This day marks the end of Jesus’ private life and the beginning of His public ministry. On the River Jordan, Jesus allowed Himself to be baptized with water by Saint John the Baptist. As Jesus came out of the water, the Holy Spirit descended like a dove, hovering over Jesus’ head, with the Father’s voice resounding “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matt 3:17). God the Father makes this declarative statement, clearly articulating that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The second half of the commentary is an expression of the Father’s love for His Son. Jesus is Our God, and He is loved by the Father in union with the Holy Spirit – Trinitarian Love expressed at the Baptism of Our Lord.

Correlation to Our Own Baptism
We experienced that same Trinitarian love when we were baptized. The Father... Read more... 

'You are my Son, the Beloved.' Sunday Reflections. The Baptism of the Lord, Year C

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Gospel Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada)

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

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'Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.' Sunday Reflections, The Baptism of the Lord, Year B

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The Baptism of Christ (detail), Tintoretto, 1579-81 Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice [Web Gallery of Art]

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http://www.universalis.com/20150111/mass.htm GospelMark 1:7-11 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada)

John the Baptist proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals.I have baptized you withwater; but he will baptize you withthe Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;with you I am well pleased.”
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'This is my beloved Son . . .' Sunday Reflections, The Baptism of the Lord, Year A

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The Baptism of Christ, El Greco, painted 1608-28 [Web Gallery of Art]
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Gospel Matthew 3:13-17 (New RevisedStandard Version, Catholic Edition, Canada) 
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness.” Then he consented.And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were openedand he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him;and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son,with whom I am well pleased.”

Today's Feast of the Baptism of the Lord brings the liturgical season of Chri…

Today's Two-Fer: Baptism of the Lord and a Confirmation Commitment

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"The Lord was baptized, not to be cleansed himself but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ which knew no sin, might have the power of baptism. Whoever comes, therefore, to the washing of Christ lays aside his sins" St. Ambrose of Milan

This morning we all went to the 9 a.m. Mass, an early one for us. Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the day in which the Church commemorates the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. Today was also the day where several eighth graders in our parish, including our son, participated in a Confirmation Commitment ceremony during Mass. Since Confirmation seals the sacrament of Baptism, the timing could not have been better.


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'Thou art my beloved Son.' Sunday Reflections, Baptism of the Lord, Year C

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Baptism of Christ, El Greco, painted 1596-1600 (Web Gallery of Art)
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Gospel Luke 3:15-16, 21-22(Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition)
As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, John answered them all, "I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased." 
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