Posts Tagged ‘Our Baptism’



‘What will this child turn out to be?’ they wondered. And indeed the hand of the Lord was with him.

Every parent has probably asked the same question and wonder if they will do enough or be enough for their child to be success in this world. And as a child growing up and if you knew song Que Sera Sera, would you not sing along wondering the same thing? Asking your father or mother what will you be? Then the wonderful chorus reminds us “Que Sera Sera whatever will be will be. The future’s not ours to see, Que Sera Sera.” But No! The future is what you make it to be, many others would argue. Shouldn’t the real question we ask be, where is the Lord our God in our future and in our children’s future?

On this feast day of the Nativity of St John the Baptist, we would be remiss if we did not reflect deeply on our own Baptism. How we were born as children so loved by God our Heavenly Father, that we were made in His likeness and image. And how He Wills for each and everyone of us to grow in stature in Holiness in that likeness and image. God our Heavenly Father gave us His Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; begotten Perfect in His image and likeness so that we too can be perfected through Him.

With this in mind have we grown in our love, faith and relationship with Jesus? Are we faithful disciples of Him living our calling to be a light of His for all that we meet in the world?

Jesus my love my Lord, You were always present in my past. Be present with me now and forevermore. Amen

St John the Baptist pray for us…

First reading

Isaiah 49:1-6 ·

I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth

Islands, listen to me,

pay attention, remotest peoples.

The Lord called me before I was born,

from my mother’s womb he pronounced my name.

He made my mouth a sharp sword,

and hid me in the shadow of his hand.

He made me into a sharpened arrow,

and concealed me in his quiver.

He said to me, ‘You are my servant (Israel)

in whom I shall be glorified’;

while I was thinking, ‘I have toiled in vain,

I have exhausted myself for nothing’;

and all the while my cause was with the Lord,

my reward with my God.

I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord,

my God was my strength.

And now the Lord has spoken,

he who formed me in the womb to be his servant,

to bring Jacob back to him,

to gather Israel to him:

‘It is not enough for you to be my servant,

to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back the survivors of Israel;

I will make you the light of the nations

so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.’

Second reading

Acts 13:22-26 ·

Jesus, whose coming was heralded by John

Paul said: ‘God deposed Saul and made David their king, of whom he approved in these words, “I have selected David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart, who will carry out my whole purpose.” To keep his promise, God has raised up for Israel one of David’s descendants, Jesus, as Saviour, whose coming was heralded by John when he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the whole people of Israel. Before John ended his career he said, “I am not the one you imagine me to be; that one is coming after me and I am not fit to undo his sandal.”

    ‘My brothers, sons of Abraham’s race, and all you who fear God, this message of salvation is meant for you.’

Gospel

Luke 1:57-66,80

‘His name is John’

The time came for Elizabeth to have her child, and she gave birth to a son; and when her neighbours and relations heard that the Lord had shown her so great a kindness, they shared her joy.

    Now on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother spoke up. ‘No,’ she said ‘he is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘But no one in your family has that name’, and made signs to his father to find out what he wanted him called. The father asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, ‘His name is John.’ And they were all astonished. At that instant his power of speech returned and he spoke and praised God. All their neighbours were filled with awe and the whole affair was talked about throughout the hill country of Judaea. All those who heard of it treasured it in their hearts. ‘What will this child turn out to be?’ they wondered. And indeed the hand of the Lord was with him.

    Meanwhile the child grew up and his spirit matured. And he lived out in the wilderness until the day he appeared openly to Israel.