Pastor's Desk: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Posted 12th January 2013 in Pastor's Desk

baptistToday 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 humankind not just those of the Jewish faith. The visit of the three Wise Men 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 Epiphany, or 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.

Fr. Eoin

Catholic Teaching on the Dignity of Human Life and Regarding Abortion

A message from Archbishop’s House to all priests and parishes in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

The Christian message is a message of life. It is about how every human life is a reflection of the very life of God. Each of us is created in the image of God.

Catholic teaching clearly affirms that every human life has unique and irreplaceable dignity. Every human life has the right, from its very beginnings, to flourish and develop as God wants it to. Any society which attempts to define certain lives as being of lesser worth and of lesser protection betrays the common good. All should be equal in the face of the law. That is a fundamental principle of our Constitution - and indeed of democracy - to be maintained and protected.

Compassion and support for women in difficult situations also belongs to the essence of Catholic teaching. The Catholic pregnancy counselling service CURA www.cura.ie provides advice to pregnant women as well as counselling services to women who have had abortions or who experience difficulties following childbirth.

Various Pro-Life groups are organizing a Unite for Life Vigil in Merrion Square, Dublin on Saturday 19th January beginning at 4.30 p.m. More information is available at www.prolifecampaign.ie

In advance of the Vigil there will be a period of quiet prayer in Saint Andrew’s Church Westland Row from 3.00-4.00 p.m., which will be attended by Archbishop Martin.

Please see www.chooselife2013.ie

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World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 21-31 Jul 2013

Holy Trinity Parish is looking to send to young members of our parish community to Brazil this summer to take part in World Youth Day 2013. The participants must be between 18-29 years old and there will be an opportunity here in Dublin to meet up with the other young people travelling in advance of flying out. If you are interested or know someone who would be interested, please contact the parish at info@holytrinityparish.ie for more information. Closing date is 31st Jan 2013.

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