The Baptism of the Lord - Year C - 10th January, 2016

Empowered by the Holy Spirit

Over the last few weeks, we have been celebrating Jesus' birthday and his childhood.

Now he has come to manhood and is ready to begin his life's work. This work is described by Isaiah in the first reading. “He will bring true justice to the nations by opening the eyes of the blind and freeing captives and those who live in darkness”. In the second reading, St Peter tells us that "God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power."

Through Baptism, each of us has become a beloved son or daughter of God and it is an

awareness of this reality which becomes the driving force in our lives as Christians. We

too have been empowered by the Holy Spirit. As we watch Jesus beginning his life's work,

it's a good time to ask about our own lives. What do I think is my life's work? What gives

meaning to my life? Where do I find my deepest satisfaction? Some people define them-

selves by their work, by what they do. Some measure their success by the money they make. Others get their greatest satisfaction from pleasure or fame or from the exercise of power. All these things are good to have but when they define us, then we settle for being much less than we could be. We are made in the image and likeness of God and God is love. We are most successful, as human beings, when we reach out to others in love, when we enrich the lives of others. You and I are at our· best, not when we're achieving or owning, but when we're giving, especially when we're giving of ourselves.

One way of focusing in on our true mission is to ask ourselves the question: "When I get to the end of my life and meet my Saviour, what are the kind of things I would hope Jesus would say to the Father about me?" How have I helped bring about the Father's kingdom

through my role as a parent or a single person, a teacher, a social worker, a banker, a builder, an engineer, a friend or as a sister or brother in Christ? Do I see that my participation in each of these roles as truly my mission in life?

The more we realize that the power of the Spirit is flowing through us, the more energy we

will have for carrying out what would otherwise simply be a boring, daily routine. We have been called to make a difference, let us leave behind our half-hearted efforts and show the world what Christianity is really about.

The baptism of Jesus, which we celebrate today, was the beginning of great things for

him. Our baptism was the beginning of great things for us, for it was nothing less than a call to greatness.

Fr Kevin O'Shea C.M.








6.00 Gerry Duignan (1st Anniv)