In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. On this feast we remember that twelve days after Christmas the Three Wise Men visited Jesus bearing gifts. Epiphany comes from a Greek word that means to suddenly understand something important or it can mean a revealing moment like when the wise men, who represent all the world, recognized Jesus as King and Saviour – the big reveal! It’s an important thing to know!
The revelation of Jesus identity is share in many ways. Yesterday was Christmas day for our Byzantine rite Catholics – Merry Christmas! Jesus’ story is being told all the time to many peoples all over the world.
That was all yesterday and now today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord – in which the revelation of yesterday is affirmed when the Holy Spirit comes down on Jesus and we hear the voice of God saying” You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased.” Jesus is God’s son and he will save us from our sins and selfishness. Jesus is worthy of following!
Let us pray:
Lord, help us to be people who reveal your love in all we say and do. We ask your blessing on our homes and our home away from home, our schools. May we experience the love of Jesus in all these holy places. May our own baptism remind us that we belong to your family in a very special way and may the sharing of our gifts call others to you.
All of us are God’s children and Jesus comes to help all of us:
God of harmony and unity,
You call us all to work together to build your kingdom.
May our ears hear your voice clearly
May our eyes see your beauty in all peoples
May our understanding break down walls of fear and prejudice.
May we make our homes and schools
places of friendship, belonging
and places of welcome
where everyone feels safe
where everyone has a place
and where we are all united in Your love.
Together with the three wise men who spread the news of the Saviour we continue our day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.