January 10, 2021
The Baptism of the Lord
Isaiah 55: 1-11
Isaiah 12: 2-3, 4, 5-6
1 John 5: 1-9
Mark 1: 7-11


Stewards of God’s Power

In the years I shepherded the children and families through the ministry of Catholic Charities, I recognized the awesome power given me by God. Called to be a priest I have to preach the Gospel more by the example of work than by speaking words. The work I do must put into practice the Good News. Vulnerable, hurt people needed to experience God's recreative love in real time. I had to discern God's way working in me to in order to advance salvation which only God has in his power to do.

God has always promised salvation to all people as part of His creation. This promise is illustrated in the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah 55. The banquet is now open to all people, beyond those of Israel. The benefits assured to David now extend to the world. God's power is exclaimed in this reading. God's rain comes down and does not return to him until it produces good fruit. John amplifies this.

In 1 John 5, we are told we conquer the world's evil by faith in Jesus Christ as God's son. Our obedience to God's commands permits us to find and use the power to overcome evil. The "Spirit, the water, and the blood" speak to God's Spirit extending divine power through Jesus Christ's life and ministry. The water and blood reference Jesus' baptism and the shedding of his blood on the cross. From these actions comes the Resurrection, Ascension, and sending of the Holy Spirit. Accepting the truth of the event of Jesus Christ's life we gain power. We accept Jesus Christ lives now and provides life.

The Baptism of the Lord not only introduces Jesus and his earthly ministry. It compels us to minister also.

The priesthood and my obedience to God's Church ended me up raising children and their families. Something unexpected, right? But by faith, the power of God worked through me and others to bring life to all we encountered.

Brothers and sisters, Stewardship begins with asking God what direction he has in mind for you. It is discerning the script he has written for the play of your life. God defines who you are and has already given you much value. Deliberate moments of prayer and reflection on the events and signs in your life, measured up to the Holy Scriptures preached to us each Sunday, and having patience while reflecting on all this helps to recognize who you are and the direction you are to take in life.

Jesus' baptism was a revelation to the world of who Jesus is and what direction he would take in his earthly life. He submitted himself to the will of God the Father. As such he aligned himself with all of the Father's creatures by receiving the baptism all others received. The baptism said, "I am ready to empty myself of the worldly desires and distractions. I am ready to direct my life in the way God knows best. I will discern his guidance day by day and a little bit at a time. In this way I will know how to use God's Power in my life and how to take good care of that power.

Please join together as this parish community and discern your direction with the script God has written for you. Doing so, one by one we will be good Stewards of this parish. We will desire to build it as a place God's love shines through. Other people will see us as servants, and we will attract them to the love we know.

As we are now in the time of year to renew (or make for the first time) our Stewardship to our Parish and beyond it take a few moments to reflect on the following.
Self-Reflection

When did you first become aware of God's call to you?

Describe the sense of awareness that you had. How did you know God was reaching out to you?

How did you begin to respond? Was it immediate? Did you resist at first?

In adulthood what have been God's signs to you?

In what way, over the years, have you acted on God's call?

What should the rest of the people of the parish do to respond to God's call?

What goodness would come to us as we respond to God's call?


Father Bob

Devine Mercy Chaplet

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Prayer for this Time of Challenge
(From the Divine Mercy Chaplet)

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a font of mercy for us, I trust in You!

(Repeat this three times every now and then during the day to settle your heart and soul.)

Scripture Sharing

Take some time and familiar yourself with this coming weekends Scripture Readings.

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This
Weeks Readings

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Music for Liturgy


January 10, 2021
The Baptism of the Lord
Is 55:1-11;Is 12: 2-3,4,5-6;1Jn 5:1-9;Mk 1:7-11


Reading I   Is 55:1-11

Thus says the LORD:
All you who are thirsty,
come to the water!
You who have no money,
come, receive grain and eat;
come, without paying and without cost,
drink wine and milk!
Why spend your money for what is not bread,
your wages for what fails to satisfy?
Heed me, and you shall eat well,
you shall delight in rich fare.
Come to me heedfully,
listen, that you may have life.
I will renew with you the everlasting covenant,
the benefits assured to David.
As I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander of nations,
so shall you summon a nation you knew not,

and nations that knew you not shall run to you,
because of the LORD, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, who has glorified you.

Seek the LORD while he may be found,
call him while he is near.
Let the scoundrel forsake his way,
and the wicked man his thoughts;
let him turn to the LORD for mercy;
to our God, who is generous in forgiving.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth
so high are my ways above your ways
and my thoughts above your thoughts.

For just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
and do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
so shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
my word shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.

Responsorial Psalm
Is  12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6

R. (3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name.
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.
Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!
R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Reading 2   1 Jn 5:1-9

Beloved:
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God,
and everyone who loves the Father
loves also the one begotten by him.
In this way we know that we love the children of God
when we love God and obey his commandments.
For the love of God is this,
that we keep his commandments.
And his commandments are not burdensome,
for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.
And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.
Who indeed is the victor over the world
but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is the one who came through water and blood, Jesus Christ,
not by water alone, but by water and blood.
The Spirit is the one who testifies,
and the Spirit is truth.
So there are three that testify,
the Spirit, the water, and the blood,
and the three are of one accord.
If we accept human testimony,
the testimony of God is surely greater.
Now the testimony of God is this,
that he has testified on behalf of his Son.

Alleluia   Cf. Jn 1:29

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
John saw Jesus approaching him, and said:
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel  Mk 1:7-11

This is what John the Baptist proclaimed:
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open
and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens,
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Next Weeks Readings

January 17, 2021
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19;Ps 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10;1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20;Jn 1:35-42