This Week's Sunday Mass
January 13, 2019: The Baptism of the LordPresider: Fr. Brian Walker, O.P.
Parish: Dominican Friars
Choir: St. James
TEXT FROM THE GOSPEL AND HOMILY
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.
Proclamation of the Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke. Glory to you, o Lord.
The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, "I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy spirit and fire." After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased."
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you remember the day of your baptism? For many of us this is a very difficult question because the first thing that we would say is that we couldn't remember because we were young children at the time. But there are those who do remember the day that they were baptized because they were adults. Let's say that you remember the day. Do you remember the date? Most of us would say no. Even still, is it something that you celebrate? You probably don't even give it a second thought. Yet I will bet you there is not one person that you know who doesn't celebrate the day of their birth and none of us remember that day no matter how good our memory is. Your baptism is your rebirth in Christ. The Gospel tells us today that the one who would come after John would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. After Jesus is baptized, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove appears above him and reveals him as this one. He is the revelation of the father and the spirit is with him. That same spirit is with us as well. To strengthen us too if only we ask. It can lead us in the right direction and help us make the right decisions if we only listen to the voice of the spirit in our lives. Listen to that voice listen to the Lord speak to you today and be strengthened by your baptism. Know the day know the date. Remember and never forget. Amen.
Entrance: Come to the Feast
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Communion: Child of Mercy
Text: Isaiah 9:1, 5; David Haas, b. 1957
Tune: David Haas, b. 1957
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Sending Forth: Baptized in Water
Mass for a New World
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