HOMILY FOR FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD YEAR A .
THEME: IDENTITY AND MISSION.
BY: FR. GERALD M. MUSA.
HOMILY FOR JANUARY 9TH.
Initiation ceremonies go by different names: inauguration, induction, or investiture. Within the Christian circle, baptism is the ritual of initiation. John the Baptist is renowned for baptising people.
He prepared people for the coming of the Messiah through the baptism of repentance. Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John to be baptized. John humbly said: “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me? “He consented only when Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting forus to fulfill all righteousness.” Fulfilling all righteousness meant that he did not need to repent from sin, buthe went for baptism to stand in solidarity with those who live in sin and the shadow of death.
This prophecy of Isaiah was re-echoed as Jesus waas baptised. The voice of God, the Father was heard from the clouds declaring, “This is my well-beloved Son in whom Iam well pleased” and the presence ofthe Holy Spirit appeared as a dove.
The feast of the baptism of Jesus reminds us about thne fact that Jesus became poor to enrich us; he became weak to strengthen us servant gives us a new understanding of service and that the vocation and mission of every baptized Christian isto serve God and his creatures. Do we always remember that we share in the identity and mission of Jesus?
Baptism of the Lord Year A
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7; Acts of the Apostles 10: 34-38; Matthew 3: 13-17
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