The Lord Said to Me: You Are My Servant Reply

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“Now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb” (Image: Life in Full Bloom, By Alison Stone)

For the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Every Sunday the liturgical readings present us with a mystery, and the mystery this Sunday might be how these particular readings are connected. Let’s start by considering the First Reading taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: More…

God’s Power Manifest in the Sacrament of Baptism Reply

I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him -- Jn 1:32

I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven
and remain upon him — Jn 1:32

In today’s Gospel reading (John 1:29-34), John the Baptist witnesses an enormous manifestation of God’s power at the moment he baptizes our Lord. As a witness of God’s power, he testifies:

“I did not know him, but … Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

What did John see? More…

Why Did Jesus Have to Be Baptized? 6

It does seem a little odd, doesn’t it?

John’s mission was to announce Christ’s coming, to preach repentance for sins and conversion, to baptize people as a way of cleansing them of their sins and when Jesus appears on the scene, He shows up in line to be baptized.

But Jesus wasn’t a sinner – he never sinned! He didn’t need to repent, so why should he be baptized? More…

Advent Tip: Who Is My John the Baptist? 4


John the Baptist is a prominent figure during the Advent season. We see him announcing the coming of the Messiah along the banks of the Jordan, washing people in baptism, and not holding back any words in calling people to conversion.

I believe God sends John the Baptists into our lives. People, places, circumstances, events, moments that remind us: Jesus is here, Jesus is coming, Jesus lives. More…