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Daily Mass: The death of John the Baptist

The death of John the Baptist reminds us of the cost of discipleship.  Yet as we look at the Cross of Christ, we find hope and strength to face the hardship of life with the conviction of the Lord’s saving death and resurrection.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 4th Week of the Year

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The Baptism of the Lord

Bautismo_de_Cristo_por_Navarrete_el_Mudo

Study:  Find out about your baptism.  When was it?  Who performed it?  Who are your Godparents?  Who else was present?

Pray:  Thank the Lord for the gift of faith to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ.

Serve:  How can you live your baptismal call today?  How can your faith inspire or assist another?

Mass Readings – The Baptism of the Lord

A few years ago I was having lunch when I ran into Fr. Bob Koszarek, a retired priest from our diocese.  When I asked him what brought him out for lunch he said, “I am celebrating the anniversary of my baptism.”  The comment struck me, especially when he followed it up with, “Do you know the day of your baptism?”

The answer is no.  Yet as I prepare for Mass this week I have made a commitment to find out.  We claim (rightly so) that baptism is a crucial sacrament in the Church – the gateway to all other sacraments whereby we are configured to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Most people know if they have been baptized; my sense is that very few know the actual date.

Our faith is a precious gift – worth fighting for, worth dying for.  Perhaps today we pause to recall just how precious it truly is…Jesus Christ poured out his blood on the Cross for us that we might have eternal life.  His baptism was the revelation of the Trinity, where we hear the Father’s voice from heaven as the Spirit descends upon the Son in the form of a dove.  Our baptism allows us to participate fully in God’s presence for the grace and guidance we need.

I invite us today to claim our baptism.  Some simple steps:

  • Thank the Lord for the gift of faith to know Jesus and live as a Christian disciple
  • Embrace your faith through study and prayer
  • Serve others in the name of Jesus Christ (and with his help and strength)
  • Allow your life to bring Good News to the World

Our baptism is not a one time event.  Rather, it is an ongoing expression of Christ working through us.  May the Baptism of the Lord inspire us to live our faith with joy as we engage our lives with his power.

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Bautismo de Cristo, Juan Fernandez Nararrete; circa 1567, The Prado, Madrid, Spain.

Note: This post was first published on January 4, 2016.


Daily Mass: An encounter with the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

An encounter with the Lord empowers two disciples of John the Baptist to go out and invite other people to meet Jesus.  As we draw closer to Christ may we eagerly reach out to those around us with the joy of the Good News.

Mass Readings – January 4th

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Daily Mass: Behold the Lamb of God! Catholic Inspiration

John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is the “Lamb of God.”  These words proclaim the sacrifice of Christ’s life for our salvation; by his blood on the Cross he will redeem our souls from sin and death.

Mass Readings – January 3rd

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Daily Mass: I am not the Christ. Catholic Inspiration

The response of John the Baptist offers us an insight into how we approach the Lord for our daily needs.

Mass Readings – January 2, 2019

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Daily Mass: Two pregnant women filled with the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

Mary and Elizabeth, pregnant with their sons as foretold by the angel Gabriel, are filled with the Holy Spirit as they encounter one another.  The presence of the Spirit gives us an insight into what happens when we cooperate with God’s grace in our lives: the Lord does great things!

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Advent (Dec. 21st)

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Photo Credit: The Nativity Story, 2006.


Daily Mass: A man, a temple and an angel. Catholic Inspiration

Luke’s Gospel sets the context for the birth of John the Baptist – the last and greatest prophet who will proclaim Jesus as the Lamb of God – and shows us how God constantly works through our lives to bring about something new.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Advent (Dec. 19th)

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