Pastor's Desk: Baptism of the Lord

Posted 11th January 2014 in Pastor's Desk

Welcome everyone to our first Pastor’s Desk of 2014, and a Happy New Year to you all. Today we draw to a close the Christmas season and it was a particularly beautiful celebration this year. The sanctuary looked wonderful with the liturgical art and floral arrangements as well as the beautiful Crib & Christmas Tree. The “Praying out the old and praying in the new” ceremony was particularly moving this year and many people commented on it. We have wonderful volunteers in this parish and can be very proud of what they achieved over the Christmas Season. Many thanks to one and all.

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

jordanToday is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. The Baptism administered by John is totally different from the Baptism we have all received in the Church. Our Baptism is in the name of the Trinity while John’s Baptism was penitential in character. Today is an opportunity for all to reflect on our own Baptism. Pope Francis spoke about Baptism at his General Audience on Wednesday. Once again he asked the thousands gathered there, “Do you know the date of your Baptism?” Pope Francis explained we should celebrate it because it is a very important anniversary. As he said, “The first of the Church’s seven sacraments, baptism gives us new birth in Christ, makes us sharers in the mystery of his death and resurrection, grants the forgiveness of sin and brings us new freedom as God’s children and members of his Church. Let us not forget the great gift we have received. Our baptism has changed us, given us a new and glorious hope, and empowered us to bring God’s redeeming love to all, particularly the poor, in whom we see the face of Christ. Our baptism has also given us a share in the Church’s mission of evangelisation; as disciples, we are also missionaries. As we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord this Sunday, let us ask him to renew in us the grace of our baptism and to make us, with all our brothers and sisters, true children of God and living members of his body, the Church.”

Fr. Eoin

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