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FAITH BOOK

BAPTISM OF THE LORD (B) January 10, 2020

Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-38; Mark 1: 7-11

Jude Siciliano, OP


 

Mini reflections on the Sunday scripture readings designed for persons on the run. “Faith Book” is also brief enough to be posted in the Sunday parish bulletins people take home.

 

From today’s Gospel reading:


On coming out of the water Jesus saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

 

Reflection:


John the Baptist promised that Jesus would baptize us with the Spirit. Baptism inaugurated Jesus’ mission and Mark reminds us that, through our baptism, we too are sent on mission. We are not baptized into a stay-at-home community to enjoy our gatherings, sing our hymns and say our prayers.  Through our baptism each of us has been called to serve others in Christ’s name.

 

So, we ask ourselves:
 

  • Am I aware that baptism means more than membership in a church?

  • What mission has the Holy Spirit given me as a baptized Christian?


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