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The Baptism Of The Lord

BAPTISM

This Sunday we celebrate the baptism of the Lord, when Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan by John. None of us remember when we were baptised when we were infants having said that I have had the privilege of knowing two adults who were baptised in our parish in the last year and I wish them well for their future faith journeys.

 It may seem strange, but this is a Christmas Feast. Not if we think of Christmas only in terms of the Baby in Bethlehem, but if we have followed the ideas of the Feasts of Holy Family and especially Epiphany, and have seen the Season in terms of the growing manifestation or appearing of the Son of God: first to the shepherds and then to the wise men from the East. Now in the River Jordan, Jesus, Son of Mary, is revealed to all and everyone as the fullness of all God’s promises: “This is my Son, the Beloved“. On this day we stand before the revelation of God’s love for us, such that he would send his only Son into the world. Christmas without the Baptism of the Lord, and the words that are spoken from heaven, would be incomplete, since it is only in them that we fully see the wonder of what happened in Bethlehem, that we fully understand the reason for the joy with which we celebrated Christmas Day.

As we come to the end of Christmas time we do so having been shown who it is we listen to: the only Son of God, the Beloved in who the father is well pleased. As 2013 unfolds, will it be truly a Year of Faith for us and a new opportunity for truth and love to overcome the evil that surrounds us? Light always has power over darkness, especially when it comes through Jesus Christ  who is the way the truth and the life and His followers that means you and me. let us not be afraid to show the light of Christ to others in the months ahead.

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