May 19, 2020
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Let Us Be Clear about Baptism

Let us be clear, from the start, about Baptism. The ceremony per se does not make one a Christian, or a Catholic. Baptism is the sacrament that ushers us into the family of God. But the bond of life and love with Him must be nurtured every day...

The Fruit of Baptism

As we begin this brand New Year, we need to take to heart the words of John the Baptist that we find in the Gospel of Luke. “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16) “The baptismal water is consecrated – so that those...

Accepting Our Mission

Are saints very holy people? Yes, they are. Are they exempt from stupid mistakes? No, they’re not; they’re just as capable of embarrassing themselves or unwittingly causing suffering to other people as are the rest of us—as shown by an incident from...

A Call To Change The World

This is the last Sunday of the Christmas Season and the First Sunday of Ordinary time. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord concludes Christmas and begins the meditation on the ministry of Jesus. There are four aspects of this feast: 1) the Lord...

Why Baptism?

The readings for the Baptism of the Lord (Isaiah 55:1-11; 1 John 5:1-9; Mark 1:7-11) raise the question: “Why Baptism?” “What does it do for us?” Throughout the centuries many answers have been put forward. For instance when I was a young boy...

Living Out Our Calling

Living Out Our Calling

On this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, we once again hear about baptism. This time, the perspective is from John the Baptizer. Last week, the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus and God’s voice declared him his “beloved Son.” This...

Living The Gospel

Living The Gospel

As we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we mark the official end of the Christmas season and the beginning of Ordinary Time. The words spoken by the Father to those gathered, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well...

Answering Our Call

Answering Our Call

A woman named Ann talked her friend Betty into accompanying her to a garage sale. Ann was sorting through a tray of trinkets and various other items when Betty asked her, “Any luck?” “No,” Ann said, “it’s just a pile of junk; see for yourself.”...