HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, YEAR B
THEME : ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you’
BY: Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA
READINGS OF THE DAY
1 John 5:1-9
Good morning my dear brothers and sisters in Christ.Today we celebrate the Fear of the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, liturgical calendar Year B.
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FROM OUR FIRST READING
In our first reading today, we heard about the salvation which God had promised to all of us, and which He would send to us in fulfilment of all that He has promised, through the coming of His Son our Saviour, sent to the world to accomplish everything that God had planned for us all. God promised that through His Saviour, He would gather all of His people to Himself, getting them, reaching out to them and helping them on their path and journey, calling on everyone to embrace His salvation and path, gathering all of us from the darkness of this world so that we may find the joy of God’s love, providence and care.
FROM OUR SECOND READING
In our second reading we heard that, believing in Jesus as the Messiah means loving God and His children, obeying His commandments, not burdensome but a path to overcoming the world. God’s testimony affirms Jesus. This reading highlights the Christian life following baptism, marked by faith, love, and obedience to God’s will.
FROM OUR GOSPEL READING
The Gospel reading of today, presents us with John the Baptist, who is proclaiming the coming of one greater than himself, baptized with water but foretold of a baptism with the Holy Spirit by the coming one. Jesus from Nazareth was baptized by John in the Jordan River. Upon emerging, Jesus witnessed the heavens opening, the Spirit descending like a dove upon Him, and heard a divine voice affirming Him as the beloved Son, expressing divine pleasure in Him.
Our baptism is a daily gift and it is also a daily call. Our baptism calls upon us, as it called on Jesus, to allow the love of God that has touched our lives to flow through us and touch the lives of others. The Spirit of our baptism empowers us each day to bring something of God’s love to others, especially to those most in need of it.
Let us all therefore recall the moments when we were baptised, and initiated into the Church and in receiving this Christian faith, and hence let us all recall the promises and commitments we have made at our baptism, and heed the Lord’s call for us to follow Him and walk in His path.-
Have a Blessed Sunday everyone God bless you
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