January 10, 2009

Jesus Rises and the World with Him

The Christmas season concludes this weekend with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus descends into our humanity and we rise from the waters with him. My homily for this weekend is posted here.

1 comment:

4narnia said...

Fr. C, thank you for your inspiring homily for the Baptism of Our Lord!(sorry i had to miss the 5:00pm Mass today because of the weather! but, i was glad to be able to have made it down there for morning prayer, Mass & Scripture study.) so, your homily really is a blessing and an inspiration! thank you for posting it! from my personal reflection on the readings ad then from reading your great homily, i get a sense of peace, hope, renewal and freedom - much of what you talk about in your homily. it is true that we can be free from worldly things that "fails to satisfy." "we've all been there," as you say in your homily. but, we don't have to stay there. i love the part of your homily where you say: "To be free from all this futility, and to become agents of healing for the world, is the gift of our baptism. We receive the baptism that the Lord himself has made powerful and holy by his own descent into the waters of the Jordan. This is our initiation into the grace of Christ, an initiation we renew each week in the Mass we celebrate and the Communion with him that we share." This part of your homily really connects great with the following quote i found by St. Teresa Benedicta: "It is most important that the Holy Eucharist becomes life's focal point: that the Eucharistic Savior is the center of existence; that every day is received from His hand and laid back therein; that the day's happenings are deliberated with Him. In his way, God is given the best opportunity to be heard in the heart, to form the soul, and to make its faculties clear-sighted and alert for the supernatural." ~St.Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)~ i truly beleive that frequent participation in the Mass and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist frequently can and does give us strength and really shows us that He (God) alone is who satisfies. PEACE!
~tara t~