FROM THE PASTOR
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 15, 2017
This weekend of January 14/15, we celebrate the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time in which John the Baptist looks back and reflects on the Baptism of the Lord Jesus (which we celebrated at the end of the Christmas season on Monday, January 9th). In John 1: 29 - 34, John the Baptist gives us an example in recognizing Jesus as the Lamb of God beloved by His Heavenly Father. John the Baptist testified further with the words:
"I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from Heaven and remain upon Him. Then the one who sent me to baptize with water told on whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain; He is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. Now I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God."
On our own Baptism, it is very different in that it is initiation into Christ and His Body, the Church! This means that we are a part of Jesus and Jesus is a part of us! Was there anyone on earth more giving that Jesus especially in His Life, Death and Resurrection? If we are a part of Jesus through our own Baptism, why then, can't we give more? May the Giving Spirit of Jesus continue to give birth to sacrificial giving in our lives! Continued Happy Baptism of the Lord. May God bless you for your generous spirit!
Also this weekend as baptized disciples of Christ, we celebrate a special disciple of Jesus by the name of Martin Luther King, Jr. whose life has changed the face of racial justice in the United States and in the world for good. Abundant blessings upon all as we celebrate the Santo Niño Devotion that evangelized the people in the Philippines as well as Martin Luther King, Jr. who gave his life for the cause of racial justice for all!
Blessings Upon All,