Monday, January 10, 2011

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 9, 2011)

First Reading (Is 42:1-4, 6-7)
Responsorial Psalm (Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10)
Second reading (Acts 10:34-38)
Gospel (Mt 3:13-17)

Since Christmas, God constantly revealed himself to us and still continually reveals himself. on the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to the shepherds which represents the Jewish people. December 26, Sunday after Christmas is always feast of the Holy Family (except if Christmas falls on Sunday) is God's manifestation that God reveal himself through a family, salvation through family. Lat Sunday reminds us that the feast of the Epiphany God reveals to the three Magi who represent the Gentile People. And now on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jesus reveals himself as the obedient Son.

Yes, our God is the God who constantly reveal himself to us so that we can avail of the grace of salvation.He introduces himself so that he might be known and worshiped. Maybe we need more introduction so that we might also be known by our fellow men and maybe we could understand each other more. one of the act of civility that we must not forget is the ability to let us be known to one another.

Obedience is one of the evangelical virtues that all Christians should always emulate. yes. obedience even if in a position that we can not yet fully understand. John the baptist could not even understand why Jesus came to him to be baptized because he knows that Jesus is not a sinner. He only approved of such an action because Jesus told him that it is the will of the Father. Surely, it is of great importance that we fully understand the reason why we are doing things, however is not far from reality that there are occasions that the present situation has no time for the moment to fulfill that need and has to be addressed immediately pursuant simply according to the call of obedience.

let us be known as children of the Father who always obey his biddings.



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