A Second Birthday to Celebrate

Father Bob’s homily from the Baptism of the Lord…

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Baptism of the Lord A

Just this past week, the Pope began his weekly audience by asking how many people know the date of their baptism.  Not too many do, but he points out it is a day worth knowing and celebrating for it is a second birthday for all of us.  For those of us who do not know the date of our baptism though, we can celebrate it today, the Feast of the Lord’s Baptism.

It is a great feast and a curious scene.  It is a bit awkward between Jesus and John the Baptist. Jesus asks John to baptize him and immediately John refuses saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”  After all, John is the forerunner and not the messiah, he is the proclaimer and not what is proclaimed, he is the Voice and not the Word.  He…

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