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Ending Christmas with a Baptism…

The Baptism of the Lord

Sunday, January 13, 2019 – End of Christmas Season

Let us do honor to Christ’s baptism and celebrate this feast in holiness. Be cleansed entirely and continue to be cleansed.

Nothing gives such pleasure to God as the conversion and salvation of men, for whom his every word and every revelation exist.

He wants you to become a living force for all mankind, lights shining in the world. You are to be radiant lights as you stand beside Christ, the great light, bathed in the glory of him who is the light of heaven.

You are to enjoy more and more the pure and dazzling light of the Trinity, as now you have received—though not in its fullness—a ray of its splendor, proceeding from the one God, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen. From A sermon by St Gregory Nazianzen

The Baptism of Jesus invites us all to recall our own baptism & the necessity of Baptism.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20).

In baptism:

  • We become children of God.
  • We share in God’s diving life.
  • We are also made priests, prophets, and kings like our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • As priests, it is our duty to lift up to God our prayers and the prayers of our brothers and sisters.
    • As prophets, we are called upon to proclaim the truths of the Gospel whether it is convenient or not.
    • As kings, we have the responsibility to be good and trustworthy stewards of God’s gifts to us.
  • We made a profession of faith in the Triune God and a commitment to reject sin.

As we remember the baptism of Jesus, let us pray to him to grant us the courage to face life with vigor and with eagerness to fulfill our vocation as Christians. Let us remain true to our baptismal commitment of living truly and loving endlessly.

Almighty, ever-living God,
when Christ was baptized in the river Jordan
the Holy Spirit came upon him
and your voice proclaimed from heaven, ‘This is my beloved Son.’ Grant that we, who by water and the Holy Spirit are your adopted children, may continue steadfast in your love. Amen.
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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018