Baptism of the Lord
Today we conclude the Christmas season as we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. In the first reading Isaiah reminds us of God’s call when he says: “All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; come, without paying and without cost.” God calls each one of us into a special relationship with him, and it is in Him that our thirst is quenched and our hunger satisfied. We began our relationship with God at our baptism, and like any relationship, we must constantly devote time to developing that relationship.
Our Pope has challenged all Catholics to grow in faith, to share the faith and be people who witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ. That Good News was initiated at our baptism but is a never ending journey.
Please, try to live your faith more boldly. Our society is becoming more and more secular, and I believe now, more than ever, believers need to bear witness to their faith. We can do this in simple ways of courtesy, invitation and charity. The challenge is to do something concrete to further develop your faith and relationship with Jesus.
Our Catholic faith is a treasure and it’s up to us to be sure that treasure is shared and passed on. Jesus’ baptism was the start of his public ministry. May our celebration of that event remind us to start being more public about our faith. Peace.