Homily January 10, 2016 Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Posted in Called, christian, Christianity, church events, Faith, religion, scripture, Spirit, Word by Fr Joe R on January 7, 2016

the_three_wise_men_illustrationbeloved sonThe feasts of the Epiphany and the Baptism of Jesus in the Eastern churches were always seen as the beginning or the manifestation of Jesus as he began his Ministry as an adult. Luke in his gospel, uses Jesus’ baptism as an end point for the old law and the beginning of a new age with the emergence of Jesus and the entrance of the Holy Spirit. As we know, the emergence of the eastern churches along with the western churches gave us different views and approaches to Christ’s message. While his messagewas meant for all to receive, the Gentile Christians and the Jews who became Christians, looked at Jesus message in slightly different ways. Culture and previous beliefs certainly entered into the differences and disputes which began soon after Jesus left his disciples. Early on, the Apostles meeting and the governing body of the church, had to discern and realize that the new law of Jesus was not tied to the old law of Moses but actually succeeded it. 2 adventChrist was a Jew yes, but his message was all encompassing for all of humanity without prejudice to where they were from or to who they were. Humanity was God’s creation gifted with God’s son to bring all things to his Father. How we think, how we pray, how we put ourselves in God’s presence is at times varied and different, yet what we believe and share in faith is the same except when we cut off God’s love and go beyond our limits to interpret and bring God’s word to others. If we look back in history, how often has division resulted because Jesus’ simple message was obscured by the intentions of grandeur or the misunderstanding of what love our neighbor means. Christ built a church but a church was people and not a building. Over the centuries, beliers are still around and still answering his call to love. What today’s feast recalls is our beginning in Christ’s baptism and our own baptism and the coming of the spirit to each of us.

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