(No 6.00 pm Mass)
(No 6.00 pm Mass)
Mandarin Oranges will be distributed after Mass
(Public Holiday – only 1 Mass in the morning)
All were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. (Luke 3:15)
The people who had come to hear John the Baptist were expecting something explosive. A prophet had arisen who would denounce all the enemies, all the “bad guys” who made life hard for everyone else. Maybe he was the Christ, the Messiah, come to cast out the Romans and their henchmen and restore Israel to its former glory.
But then came Jesus. A small town carpenter who spent his time with the powerless and the sinful. The Spirit came upon him instead – not a fiery preacher calling out people’s sins, but a humble man preaching love of enemies. Surely people were caught off guard.
Jesus came “to open the eyes of the blind,” not to cast the bad guys into hell (Isaiah 42:7). He came “to bring out prisoners from confinement”, not to punish people for their sins (42:7). He came to take away our sins so that we could learn to love one another – good guy and bad guy alike.
When you hear this reading today, close your eyes and picture the
scene. Picture John immersing Jesus into the Jordan River – a river that had received the sins of all who had come for baptism. Imagine Jesus accepting all of those sins and every sin that they represent.
For the next three years, Jesus will bear these sins, along with the sins of everyone else he comes into contact with. And still bearing those sins, he will teach us about his father’s mercy, heal us from the wounds of sin, and deliver us from whatever hatred and bitterness is stored up in our hearts. Then he will take all that sin, hatred, and bitter-ness to the cross, where he will put it to death forever.
Today is the beginning of salvation for you and for everyone else, good guy and bad guy alike. So rejoice in this salvation and ask Jesus to help you love as he loves. Ask him to help you love everyone.
Every Wednesday, 8 pm - 9.30 pm in the Parish Hall
The next session is on 9 January.
Topic: Catholicism Session 8: A Vast Company of Witnesses - The Communion of Saints.
All are welcome.
Every 2nd Saturday of the Month 8.00 pm - 9.30 pm in the Parish Hall. The next session is on 12 January 2019.
Topic: Introduction to the Ten Commandments
“ ...he will baptism you with the Holy Spirit and fire. ”
Ordination Date: 7 July 2001
Ordination Date: 25 February 1989
Ordination Date: 10 May 2014