Newsletter for Sunday 12 January 2014

10 Jan


After Jesus’ baptism, he went into a synagogue and read this:  “The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me.  He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind, new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.” (Is 61:1)   Jesus knew his mission as God’s Son, as God’s Saviour, had begun.

By our baptism we too become son and daughters of God – we become His adopted sons and daughters.  In baptism we become new creatures:  We are re-born through those waters and we become ‘partakers of the divine nature’ (cf  2 Cor 5:17; 2 Pt 1:4) and members of Christ and co-heirs with him; we become temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19).  And through baptism we too are empowered to live and act under the promptings of the Holy Spirit, sharing in Christ’s priestly, prophetic and kingly mission.

Now we are to continue Christ’s work here on earth.  There must be no shirking of our responsibilities.  All of us are duty bound to introduce men and women to the faith and to the new divine life God gives. (How we are to do this, depends on us, our age, personalities, strengths and talents).   Let us renew our own baptismal promises and recommit ourselves to doing God’s work.

Fr Philip Sainter

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