Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. In
today's Gospel, as in the other Gospel accounts of Jesus'
baptism, we hear John the Baptist address the confusion of the
people who thought that John might be the Messiah. In response,
John contrasts the baptism that he performs with the Baptism
that Jesus will inaugurate. John the Baptist says that he has
baptized with water, but that someone will come and baptize with
the Holy Spirit. The type of baptism that John performed was not
yet a Christian Baptism; it was a preparation for Christian
Baptism through which sins are forgiven and the gift of the Holy
Spirit is received.
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PA. We are a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
We were founded in 1960.
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and pray for one another.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide each one of us that we may
be His instruments and channels of His grace to build His
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Very Rev. Edward J.
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THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
January 13, 2019
The baptism of Jesus is considered a manifestation of God in
Jesus, another “epiphany.” On this, the last day of the
Christmas season, our Gospel reveals to us Jesus' relation to
God: the son of Mary and Joseph is also God's own Son. In Luke's
Gospel, all three members of the Trinity are manifested here:
God the Father in the voice, the Holy Spirit descending, and
Jesus the Son. At the beginning of his Gospel, Luke is
communicating to us important information about the identity of
Jesus. In the verses that follow, Luke lists the genealogy of
Jesus, tracing Jesus' ancestry back to the first person, Adam,
who is also identified as the son of God. We, the children of
Adam and Eve, are again made children of God through Baptism.
Excerpted from Sunday Connection, Loyola Press