July 24, 2019

Tag - Baptism

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

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

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

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.”...

Standing In The River Of Life

A few years ago,  Fr. John Henry passed away.  Fr. Henry was a retired priest form the Diocese of Rockville Center, NY, who used to help out our parish on weekends, and eventually was in residence with us.  He was wonderful.  Now our Director of...

Remaining Faithful To Our Commission

The Gospel of Matthew (3:13-17) recounts for us the Baptism of our Lord Jesus. Baptism is, and always has been, a very important part of our Christian faith. I am a permanent deacon; and one of the joys of being a deacon is having the opportunity to...

Baptism Makes A Difference

This past year a great deal of attention was given to the question of same-sex marriages, as we all know only too well. More attention will be given to these marriages this coming year as well. The fundamental question deals with the nature of...

Why Do Catholics Baptize Infants?

In the Gospel of Mark (10:13-14), we read: And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, let the children come to me; do not prevent them...