Pastor's Desk: Baptism of the Lord
Welcome everyone to our first Trinity News of 2010! The cold snap is turning into a longer affair than any of us would have liked and certainly the number of people who have had bad falls and slips tells us we should be very careful if we have to venture out. With that in mind I would ask the Collectors of the Weekly Family Offering Envelope for the parish not to go door to door till the paths have improved. Your dedication week in and week out is very much appreciated but I really would ask you to wait till there is an improvement in the conditions before collecting any more envelopes.
The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. This feast is celebrated at the conclusion of the Christmas Season and beginning of Ordinary Time in the Church’s Liturgical Year. It is the third major Feast of the Lord in as many weeks. We have had Christmas Day itself when Jesus, the promised Messiah was born to us as the Jewish scriptures foretold. His birth was greeted by the poorest of the poor when the shepherds gathered around the manger. Then we had the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord when the birth of Christ was seen as an event of universal significance for all human kind not just those of the Jewish faith. The visit of the three Kings from different cultures and countries shows that Jesus is Saviour of all peoples. And now we have the Baptism of the Lord which marks the revelation of Jesus as part of the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and also the beginning of His public ministry of preaching the Good News.
The question does arise as to why Jesus went to be baptised by John? All the others who received this baptism were sinners and needed to repent. Jesus was like us in all things but sin so why is he there? Well the answer is in the Gospel we heard on Christmas Day, “The Word was made flesh and lived among us”. Jesus has taken on the human condition and shows his love for us by living among us and not aloof from us. So Jesus is there because we are there. In fact it was such a trait of his ministry that the Jewish leaders accused him of always socialising with sinners.
Our own baptism is different from the one administered by John. We have been born again in the new life of the Risen Christ and given the gift of the Holy Spirit. Baptism marks the beginning of our journey of faith through life. It is not a straight road but can have many twists and turns. Our reflection today is where are we on that journey? We recommit ourselves today to the baptismal promises made, for the majority of us, by others on the day of our Baptism.
Have a great week.