Fr. Mathai’s Weekly Reflection

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD-JANUARY 13th 

Dear Parishioners,

The Baptism of the Lord

We celebrate the baptism of Jesus after Epiphany.  This too becomes a manifestation of Jesus, as a voice was heard from the Heavens – “You are my own dear Son, I am pleased with you” (Lk,3:22)  And the Spirit came down upon Him like a dove.  With this Jesus begins His public ministry after thirty years in Nazareth.  This is what happens when we are baptized.  We too received the Holy Spirit and became the children of God, and heirs to Heaven.  The feast of the Baptism of Jesus is an invitation to us to recall the meaning of our own baptism.  And what happened to us on that day.  Our parents and godparents spoke in our name, renouncing satan and sin and professed our faith in God and eternal life.

This calls for a double duty from the parents and the newly baptized.  The parents accepted the duty to be models of Christian faith and to raise their children in that faith.  We became members of the family of Faith we call the Church.  And we are called to be good and responsible children of mother Church.

Thank you and God bless

Today I want to thank Nick Altieri for the wonderful services done to the Parish and his ready availability and dedication.  On behalf of St. Michael Parish I wish him God’s blessings as he moves on in life to pursue his studies and make a career.

✝ Fr. Mathai Vellappallil SDB
Pastor