Below is the English translation the sermon given by His Holiness, Pope Francis, before the recitation of the Angelus yesterday. Thousands of pilgrims gathered yesterday to celebrate the Baptism of Jesus. Here is the sermon of Pope Francis:- Dear ...Read More »
Gospel: Mt 3:13-17 Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to ...Read More »
Reflecting On Our Own Baptism
The celebration of baptism is always slightly bittersweet for me. It is bitter sweet because so often the reasons parents give for wanting to baptize their children is so disconnected from reality. The reasons given go from the ridiculous to the sublime.
I thought of this as I read the Gospel passage because this Gospel passage tells us what the sacrament of baptism is about. In this Gospel passage we are witnessing a handing over of power or of a mission to someone new. This is a truly human experience. Politicians do it, leaders of firms do it, principals of schools do it, sports administrators do it, and I dare say parents do it also.Read More »
Right on the heels of the feast of the Epiphany, the Holy Roman Catholic Church celebrates the baptism of Jesus, when as the Word of God from Matthew’s gospel, chapter 3: 16 – 17 testifies that after Jesus was baptised, the heavens were opened and the Spirit of God descended on him like a dove, then the voice of God thundered saying, “This is my Son, the Beloved, in whom I am well pleased.” As I pondered on the gospel reading, I could not help but think of my own baptism when I was adopted as a son of the Most High God through Jesus his beloved SON.Read More »
This weekend, we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, with the challenge to go make a difference. Go make a difference in our families, our workplaces, our schools, our world.
“And Jesus came upon John baptizing in the Jordan.” This was His moment. Jesus would perform an act that would change the course of human history. He did this even though that action would ultimately cost Him His life. Jesus, although infinitely superior to John, allowed John to baptize Him as an expression of His solidarity with all those who were looking to change mankind. From that point on, Jesus became a public person. Read More »