Participating in the life of God
In this Year of Mercy, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord brings even more joy and comfort to the world. As St. Paul says in the second reading: “When the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done, but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…”.
When we were baptized, a voice from above proclaimed “you are my beloved” just as in the baptism of Jesus. We are always the beloved of God. Because of the Lord who came to deliver us and cleanse us, the Holy Spirit and fire of God keep burning in us; calling us to whatever mission God has for us on earth. That fire of merciful grace is what encourages us to get-up and begin anew when we have sinned or failed. No matter what, God still believes in us and that is what gives us the courage to believe in ourselves and to re-dedicate ourselves to working for the Kingdom filled with great hope.
The communion prayer on this feast says: “…faithfully listening to your Only Begotten Son, may we be your children in name and in truth.” AMEN!
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC