Fr. Donato’s Homily for Sunday, January 13, 2019

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord – Homily

Saint Louis King of France Parish

Memphis –TN

Rev. Fr. Carlos Donato, MDiv.

 

 

The Heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered this is my beloved Son, listen to him! (Mk 9,7)

 

 

My Dear brothers and sisters, today is our last day of Christmas. With the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord we finish our Christmas season. Since the Most Sacred Night of the birth of our Savior until today we venerate the mysteries of the infancy of our Lord. Today at Jesus’ baptism at the Jordan he will start his public life and with it his mission which consist on the preaching of the Gospel to the whole Judea and the other parts of the world.

The innocent and helpless baby who was born in Bethlehem now through the voice of the father is revealed to us as the Messiah. The waited for many generations is in our midst. At the Jordan River Jesus is presented to us as the beloved of the Father to whom we must listen.

On the First reading the prophet Isiah presents to us the image of the Messiah. Thus says the prophet: “Here is my servant whom I uphold my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit he shall bring forth Justice to the nations” (Is 42).  Isiah describes who the messiah is. He is the beloved that come to do the will of the father. The will of the Father is the salvation of the Humankind. Therefore, the messiah must be a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out the prisoners from confinement and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness and from the dungeon” (Is 42).

All these elements are present in Jesus’ ministry to the people. Jesus has open the eyes from the blind. Not only the physic blind but also of those who are in some ways blind to God’s will. Blind to see the poor who is begging for mercy and help. Blind to the necessities of our brothers and sisters who are at our side. How many times do we need Jesus to come and open our eyes to those who we cannot see because of our blindness. We also need to meet Jesus to ask him to free us from the captivity of the devil. How many times we are oppress by our on selfishness, our pride and our own self-preservation that we are not free. We give up our liberty and freedom to be slaves and oppressed by the situations that we create in our society. We must have, we must consume to be invited and be part of some kind of social circle. We need to be free of this. We need to trust in God’s love and providence to us. We must go out of ourselves and be available to our brethren.

Beloved brothers and sisters, we must fallow the light of God who is shining upon us today. We must open our heart to hear the voice of God. We must see, meet and follow Jesus, the true light of the World. Only with the ears of our heart and mind opens it is possible to hear the voice of God. The same voice that was heard when Jesus was baptized on the Jordan River. The Lamb of God perfect and without stain decided to give us an example. Even though he has no sin, he made John baptize him. He make the whole justice be accomplished and the prophecies to become true in his own self.

Let us today remember the day of our own baptism. For some of us it was a while ago, for some maybe some years or even months. The baptism is the day in which we also become sons and daughters of God in Jesus the Only begotten Son of God. At that sacred moment we became part of the body of Christ, member of the Church and heralds of the Gospel. Let us make honor to that sacred event in our lives and never ever let the shine light of faith that we received in our baptism to be spent. Let us always remember the words of Saint Peter in Cornelius’ house “ what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that john preached how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and Power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10,38).