recorded with the incredible scene of Christ lining up
with all the sinners who flocked to the banks of the
Jordan to be baptized by John. The time had arrived
His public ministry. John was slightly hesitant at the
approach of the sinless one, but when Jesus emerged
from the waters the heavens were a blaze of glory as
beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
the vocation to which we are called. It recalls our own baptism in consecrated
our relationship with God. The seeds of the Christian life are sown in baptism
which means we belong to God’s family, are able to call God, “Father” and Jesus
Christ “our brother”.
carrying out of that mission will only be possible if we are prepared to live in
accordance with God’s will.
pours water over our head and the sacred ceremony is completed. The
sacrament is the planting of the seed of Christian life which grows and bears fruit
as we develop our personal relationship with Almighty God.
commitment to Christ and reflect on our calling as members of God’s family. Let
us, as a parish family, thank God for making us His children. As we live through
each day of 2011 may we strive to place God first in all that we do and in all that