“Behold, the Lamb of God!”
Jan 11, 2019
This Sunday the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Last week the Church honored the great Feast of the Epiphany, when our Lord revealed Himself to us by the witness of the Magi. The three kings coming from the many nations of the world. They witnessed to the universal salvation our Heavenly Father brought to us through the Birth of His Son. The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord recalls the second way the Lord revealed Himself to us. Saint John the Baptist, tells us through his preaching, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
This feast of the Baptism invites us to recall our own Baptism. It’s a great tradition for us to remember and know the date of our Baptism. It’s our birthday into the Church, our birth into these saving mysteries we honor during these days of Christmas and Epiphany and today the holy Baptism.
My Baptism was on May 4, 1976 at Saint Francis Xavier Church on Grand and Lindell -the College Church. I must confess; I didn’t remember my Baptismal date until entering the monastery. Part of the process of entering the monastery is gathering your sacramental records. I was surprised to discover the place of the Baptism at the College Church. I jokingly, said, “I was Baptized by a Jesuit and to top in the 1970s?” My dear mother kept the bulletin from the week my baptism was announced, which I still have as a memento.
On January 26th at the Saturday Evening Mass, Bishop Mark Rivituso will come for the blessing and installation of the Pastor Installation Mass. This Mass will not only recognize the Pastor but also the parish staff, parish council, and many other parishioners and their service to the Parish. There will be a reception in the Parish Center immediately following the Mass. I hope many of you are able to come for this occasion, where we can all pray for each other and the intentions of the Parish Christ has entrusted to us, during the Holy Sacrifice of Mass.