January 9, 2017 - MONDAY
BAPTISM OF THE LORD
[Quiapo, Manila: Feast of the Black Nazarene]
Acts 10: 34-38 / Mt 3: 13- 17
1ST READING: Acts 10: 34- 38
Peter then spoke to them, "Truly, I realize that God does not show partiality, but in all nations he listens to everyone who fears God and does good. And this is the message he has sent to the children of Israel, the good news of peace he has proclaimed through Jesus Christ, who is the Lord of all. No doubt you have heard of the event that occurred throughout the whole country of the Jews, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism John preached. You know how God anointed Jesus the Nazarean with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all who were under the devil's power, because God was with him."
GOSPEL READING: Mt 3: 13- 17
At that time Jesus arrived from Galilee and came to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent him and said, "How is it you come to me? I should be baptized by you." But Jesus answered him: "Let it be like that for now that we may fulfill the right order." John agreed.
As soon as he was baptized, Jesus came up from the water. At once, the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God come down like a dove and rest upon him. At the same time a voice from heaven was heard: "This is my Son, the Beloved; he is my Chosen One."
Today's Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is very important. It reminds us of the grace and mercy of God when we were first initiated and welcomed into the Church as adopted children of God and when we were washed clean of the stain of original sin. It is also a reminder that we are to participate in the mission of salvation. It is a commitment. Through baptism we are to share with others Christ's healing presence. Wherever we are, we are called to be Christ for others.
During a baptism the minister says, "My dear child, the Christian community welcomes you with great joy. In its name I claim you for Christ our Savior by the sign of the Cross." It is by our baptism that we become Christians, sharing in his divine mission of redemption and salvation.
It was in our baptism that Christ shared his light with us, when he freed us from sinfulness and greed and brought us out of darkness and separation from God so that we might live in communion with God and with our brothers and sisters.
Let us put our faith into action by living this call of our baptism. May it bear much fruit by leading us and others closer to Christ and one day lead us all to our eternal home in heaven.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
ATTY ANTERO JR & MILA SISON
HARRIS JAVIER & EVERLYN NGO
MICHAEL & CEYLILONA TONG
ROWIE & ANGELA TORRES
TONY & LINA BUENAFE
NAZARINA DE JESUS
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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