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WHAT DOES THE BAPTISM OF JESUS SAY TO US?

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Mark 1:7-11

Why did Jesus, the sinless Son of God, submit Himself to a baptism of repentance? Even John the Baptist was puzzled. I don’t propose to solve the mystery today. Instead I want to consider what the Baptism of Jesus says to you and me – and how it is a testimony to the fact of human sinfulness and our need for repentance. He was well aware of the evil in men and women. Did they not spit upon Him, crown Him with thorns and nail Him to the Cross?

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DO WE UNDERSTAND JOHN THE BAPTIST'S BURNING AMBITION?

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1 Jn. 5:14-21 & Jn. 3:22-30

We who belong to God are being encouraged by Saint John in today's first reading to pray confidently to Him, for He will hear us if whatever we ask of Jesus is in accordance with His will. That is good news that we should never forget!

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THIS IS WHAT WE BELIEVE!

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1 Jn. 5:5-13 & Lk. 5:12-16

“Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (v. 5). Our faith in Jesus, the Son of God, is the victory that overcomes the world. To believe in Jesus the Son of God is to believe in the Incarnation: that God became man and dwelt among us, was crucified for us and on the third day rose again and ascended into Heaven where He is seated at the right hand of the Father.

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WITH JESUS' HELP WE CAN DO THE IMPOSSIBLE

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1 Jn. 4:7-10 & Mk. 8:34-44

No miracle seems to have made more of an impression on Jesus’ disciples than when he multiplied loaves and fishes and fed a multitude, for this is the only miracle that is related in all the four Gospels.

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BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS

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Jn. 3:22-4:6 & Mt. 4:12-17, 23-25

“There are many false prophets, now in the world.” This was John’s warning to Christians of his own time, and it is still true today. People are searching for meaning and guidance in their lives and there is no shortage of “experts” who will try to show them the supposed way. Today’s prophets are subtle, persuasive and offer easy solutions. They know how to use modern communication techniques and manipulate the media.

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WITH CHRIST WE HAVE CONQUERED THE WORLD

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1 Jn.5:5-13 & Mk.1:6-13

There have been ambitious men who have wanted to rule the world. Immediately there comes to mind the names of Alexander the Great, Caesar Augustus, Napoleon and Hitler. “Who can overcome the world?” asks St John. You never thought your name could be numbered among them! For St. John answer his question, “Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” He adds to this when he says that “God has given us eternal life and this life is His Son.” With Jesus, who is God, we can conquer the world.

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HOW WE MUST LOVE

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1 Jn. 3:11-21 & Jn. 1:43-45

From the beginning when our first parents lived in harmony loving each other came naturally. Once sin entered our world that harmony was destroyed. Instead of being filled with love and concern for each other we are tempted with feelings of envy and hatred. This was the sin of Cain who murdered his brother.

John calls us back to our original state to love each other. He even goes so far as to tell us to lay down our lives for each other, just like Jesus demonstrated his love for us.

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JESUS, THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD

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Mt. 2:1-12

Saint Matthew’s Gospel is the most distinctively Jewish of the four. More than the others it seeks to establish that Jesus is the true Messiah of the Jews.

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WITH CHRIST WE HAVE CONQUERED THE WORLD

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Jn.5:5-13 & Mk.1:6-13

There have been ambitious men who have wanted to rule the world. Immediately there comes to mind the names of Alexander the Great, Caesar Augustus, Napoleon and Hitler. “Who can overcome the world?” asks St John. You never thought your name could be numbered among them! For St. John answer his question, “Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” He adds to this when he says that “God has given us eternal life and this life is His Son.” With Jesus, who is God, we can conquer the world.

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HOW WE MUST LOVE

Liturgical Colour: 

1 Jn. 3:11-21 & Jn. 1:43-45

From the beginning when our first parents lived in harmony loving each other came naturally. Once sin entered our world that harmony was destroyed. Instead of being filled with love and concern for each other we are tempted with feelings of envy and hatred. This was the sin of Cain who murdered his brother.

John calls us back to our original state to love each other. He even goes so far as to tell us to lay down our lives for each other, just like Jesus demonstrated his love for us.

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