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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Reflection on Father Moreno’s Homily: January 9, 2011 – The Baptism of The Lord


Before Father Moreno started his homily he asked us to pray to the Holy Spirit to touch us with His Anointing.

John the Baptist recognized Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. (John 1:29)

He emphasized three (3) things we are to remember about the Baptism of The Lord:

1) Jesus must increase and we must decrease. (John 3: 30) During the Offertory at Mass the following is prayed silently by the priest: “May we come to share in the Divinity of Christ who humbled Himself to share in our humanity.” To be holy means to be filled with life. We must claim our baptism on this day of the Baptism of The Lord.

2) The Blessed Trinity is revealed for the first time in the Bible. God says: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Matthew 17: 5) When we are baptized heaven is open to us, if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.

3) The Anointed means Messiah, Christ, Savior. God calls us into our anointing as priest, prophet and king.
Priest – we offer ourselves as sacrifice
Prophet – we are to be a prophetic people
King – we are royalty in the Kingdom of God

We are to claim the Holy Spirit upon us. “I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.” (Isaiah 42: 6-7)

We are to touch others spiritually with the light of Christ. We are to bring light to those who are spiritually blind in darkness. God’s Light will enter and transform.

We are to heal, comfort and bring light. We are to let go of our petty little plans and learn from Jesus.

We are to help free prisoners in the dungeon of sin. God destroys the darkness within us. We have to be brave in the darkness and be the Healing Light of Christ to others.