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The Baptism of the Lord                                                     10 January 2020

First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-11 ©
Come to me and your soul will live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you
Thus says the Lord:
Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty; though you have no money, come! Buy corn without money, and eat, and, at no cost, wine and milk. Why spend money on what is not bread, your wages on what fails to satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and you will have good things to eat and rich food to enjoy. Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live. With you I will make an everlasting covenant out of the favours promised to David. See, I have made of you a witness to the peoples, a leader and a master of the nations. See, you will summon a nation you never knew, those unknown will come hurrying to you, for the sake of the Lord your God, of the Holy One of Israel who will glorify you. Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked man abandon his way, the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiving; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways – it is the Lord who speaks. Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts. Yes, as the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do.    
 
Second Reading: 1 John 5:1-9 ©
Jesus Christ came by water and blood
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ has been begotten by God; and whoever loves the Father that begot him loves the child whom he begets. We can be sure that we love God’s children if we love God himself and do what he has commanded us; this is what loving God is – keeping his commandments; and his commandments are not difficult, because anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world; this is the victory over the world – our faith. Who can overcome the world? Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God: Jesus Christ who came by water and blood, not with water only, but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness – since the Spirit is the truth – so that there are three witnesses, the Spirit, the water and the blood, and all three of them agree. We accept the testimony of human witnesses, but God’s testimony is much greater, and this is God’s testimony, given as evidence for his Son.
 
 
Gospel: Mark 1:7-11 ©
You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you’  
In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said:
‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’ It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’
 
Gospel: Mark 1:7-11 ©
You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you’  
In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said:
‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’ It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’
 
Reflection: Do We Follow THE Star; or a Diifferent Star?
Reading the well-known account of the Epiphany….God revealing Himself to the non-Jewish world…we need to distil some lessons from this simple story.
In ancient times, wise men looked to the cosmos to interpret all sorts of things; they looked to the universe as the key to “order” and meaning. In the eyes of many, the universe was so ordered that it seemed to reflect the work of a supreme being.
And so, these wise men looked to the stars to discern the nature of this supreme being. Perhaps we need to ask ourselves, with our “enlightened” minds about the Incarnation, do we ‘attend’ to the things of God as conscientiously as the wise men did? Travel was precarious in those days; it was fraught with all sorts of danger….even in 1974 I remember asking a very old man of the Igedde tribe, the people of my parish, had he travelled very far; his answer was very succinct…when we were young, we would travel out of our tribal area (a 15 miles radius) only for war. Once these wise men saw the sign, they acted….how many times have we seen the signs from God, and were loath to ACT.
We keep asking ourselves…which STAR do I follow?
They faced great opposition in the person of Herod, who was afraid of rivals to his throne. We have to face the fact that if our journey is indeed a spiritual journey, then we too must find opposition. In the bible we see this time and again! Opposition on this journey is to be expected…but God’s grace will overcome all. But that sometimes depends upon whether we give God the BEST of what we are….grace builds on nature! The Magi, once they had encountered the Lord, went back by another road: we too, who have encountered the person of Jesus Christ, must also go home by another road.
Bless you all, and my 2021 bring you + yours many blessings….Fr. Paul
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulletin: Baptism of the Lord

Bulletin: 2nd Day of Christmas
 
 

 

 
 
 

Mass Schedule:

Saturday 9 Januray : The Baptism of the Lord, 5:00pm Mass 

Sunday 10 January : 

Monday 11 January: Blessed William Carter

Tuesday 12 January: 

Wednesday 13 January: St Hilary Bishop, doctor , 9:30am Mass

Thursday 14 January: 

Friday 15 Januray: St Paul the Hermit

Saturday 16 Januray: 5:00pm Mass 


All Welcome!