Theme: At our Baptisms, We Have Become the Sons and Daughters of God
During our Bible Study of last Wednesday on today’s Gospel, we noticed two things. First, for more than two weeks we have celebrated Jesus as a baby, and today, we already celebrate him as an adult. Well, the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist we celebrate today marks Jesus’ first appearance as an adult and the beginning of his public ministry. Our second observation was that we know Jesus is the Son of God, born without sins, so why did he request John to baptize him? Here is the answer: The baptism offered by John the Baptist was for repentance of sins, preparing the hearts of the people for the coming of God’s kingdom. As to say, this Baptism was a visible means of sealing conversion. While Jesus may not have needed any sort of conversion, his willingness to be baptized represents his total allegiance to the kingdom of God. Also, his baptism is to show us visibly God’s graces that we receive at our baptisms.
By accepting to be baptized, Jesus set an example and invites us to our total allegiance to God’s kingdom. To become a member of this kingdom, you must freely renounce sins and make a commitment to follow Jesus. This decision must be made as soon as possible, since nobody knows the day of his/her death. That is why our Catholic faith encourages the families to make this important decision for their children by requesting their baptism. So, baptism is ... READ MORE
Theme: God Reveals Himself Through Jesus at Mass
Each Sunday after Christmas, we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord. On this feast, we celebrate the self-manifestation of God, not only to the Jews, but to the whole humanity, therefore to you and me today. The Magi (the three wise men from East) led by the star, the light from above, reached the place where the Newborn King was. Prophet Isaiah tells of the light shining forth from Jerusalem attracting peoples from near and far, from land and sea. Saint Paul, in today’s second reading, teaches the Ephesians that they and all the Gentiles are members of the same body of Christ. Jesus is the star, the light from above, who leads us to know who really God is.
Our Gospel says that these three wise men came from afar. They did a long journey to discover where the Newborn King was. They were guided by a star. First, they interpreted that specific star, and then they faithfully followed its guidance. These three wise men represent you and me. God created us with the desire to ... READ MORE