Thursday, January 10, 2013

"You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

Last Sunday, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Epiphany, where Jesus, the newborn Child, was revealed as King and Savior of all. On Sunday, the Feast of the Lord’s Baptism, we will hear of another ‘epiphany.’ Now a full grown man, Jesus is revealed in the gospel reading from Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 as “one mightier than John,” as “the Father’s beloved son”, and as “the Holy Spirit’s anointed one”. Our Discussion Questions will guide your Sunday Bible Study with family, friends and church groups.

This celebration of Jesus being baptized by John in the Jordan River marks the end of the Christmas Season and the beginning of Ordinary Time. It is the only Sunday of the year that belongs to two seasons. It's also an event that is recorded in all four gospels, so we know it's important.

When Jesus is baptized, the voice from heaven booms out and names him: "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." This affirmation is the defining moment for the prophet from Nazareth. It is God's declaration of love to God's new Israel; it is God's naming to supreme accountability; it is God's surprise for the world of the proud and powerful.

You will find all of the Sunday homilies we have compiled for you this week at this link. You can also read our full coverage of this week's Catholic world by clicking here.

Another eventful week in our Catholic World. Have a great and blessed new week.

Keep the Faith. Peace.

Wally Arida
Publisher & Editor in chief
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