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For those who may have been away last weekend, especially families of children who didn’t return to school until last Monday, I wish you a Happy New Year.  May it be filled with blessings and graces, that you may truly experience God’s love for you in this New Year in a deeper and more animating way. 

The Church celebrates today the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and with it, the “official” end of the Christmas season.  I’m sure most of your homes have, long ago, been undecorated.  We even began this process in the church with the removal of the Christmas Trees and by next Sunday everything will be back to “normal.” 

The Baptism of the Lord celebrates the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.  Most scholars have come to emphasize the missioning element contained in the accounts of Jesus’ baptism, that the descent of the Spirit and the words of the Father were the key moment in the sending of Jesus on the mission to which He had been called by the Father.  It was from this moment on that Jesus began a ministry which will eventually lead Him to Jerusalem, the Cross and His Resurrection.  In the Gospel of Luke, after Jesus returns from the temptation in the desert (to which Jesus goes after His baptism), He announces the purpose of His ministry, to “bring glad tidings to the poor …to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, and to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” (Luke 4: 18-19). 

 While it may have happened in our infancy, our baptism is a call to that same mission.  We have been given the same Spirit (that descended on Jesus), to enliven us to walk in Jesus’ footsteps, to announce God’s love, the call to repentance, and to live a fuller life in Jesus by the way we give witness to the world.  This is why we celebrate the Rite of Sprinkling today, to be reminded that in our baptism, we were baptized into that same mission. 

 In its final propositions, the 2012 Synod of Bishops on the “New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith,”  declared that the “parish, in and through all of its activities, should animate its members to become agents of the New Evangelization, witnessing through both their words and their lives.”  This is part of our baptismal call.  It is the great challenge of today to animate every “ordinary” parishioner to believe that he or she is called to be an evangelizer, a witness to and an agent for Jesus Christ, not in some far-flung corner of the world, but right here in Ridgewood, Glen Rock or wherever you live.  And not even to unbelievers, but to those marginalized believers who no longer think Jesus Christ has anything worthwhile to say to them.  These are our neighbors, friends, maybe even relatives.  This is the aim of the New Evangelization, to re-evangelize in our own Church. 

 I recently finished a book by Scott Landry called Transforming Parish Communications: Growing the Church Through New Media.  In it, he used the phrase growing disciples who grow disciples.  I would hope that we could use that phrase as a catch-phrase of who we will be and what our mission will be in this new year, a people growing disciples who grow disciples, that we ourselves grow, in our prayer and liturgy, in our faith formation, both for our youth and for our adults, in our service and outreach ministries, and that through our growing we grow those disciples who have fallen away, taken a back seat or have become observers of faith rather than “livers” of the Gospel message.  How can you grow?  Who in your life can you help grow?  This is part of what baptism is all about.  This is part of what we celebrate today.

 God bless,  Fr. Ron

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Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 

 

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