This Sunday following the Epiphany the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord. It is here we recall in a special way Jesus' baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. In it we are also reminded of a great mystery revealed. God the Father reveals Jesus as his "beloved Son" and the Holy Spirit comes down from heaven in the form of a dove. Here, we reject Satan and all his empty promises. For my reflection, "Do you reject Satan?" please click on the image. Peace be with you! Thomas Disciple of Christ | Son of the Church
Through the cleansing waters of baptism Jesus heals our sinful nature and clothes us with his own Divine life, bringing us into the Kingdom of God. It is by imitating Our Lord in his Baptism that a person becomes a Christian, the first sacrament of initiation into the Church. The feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the end of the Christmas season on the new liturgical calendar. For more about this day, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
He was born in about 1474 in Cuauhtitlan in the kingdom of Texcoco, part of present-day Mexico. As an adult he embraced Christianity and he and his wife were baptized. In 1531 the Mother of God appeared to him, on the hill called Tepeyac near Mexico City, and told him to ask the bishop to have a church built on the spot. Through the purity of his faith, his humility and his fervour, a church was built, in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe (whose feast is celebrated on 12 December). He left everything and devoted himself to the care of the sanctuary and the reception of pilgrims until his death in 1548. For more about this saint, please click on the image. Peace be with you!