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January 6th Mark 1:7-11

Today’ Mass Readings

January 6th Mark 1:7-11

Jesus took on our humanity in the womb of his Mother. He took on our sinfulness in his baptism by John and three years later nailed it to his cross.

The Sacrament of Baptism immerses us into the Life of God.

So too, the Baptism of Jesus immersed God even more
into our life and experiences.

He took on our humanity in the womb of His Mother.

He took on our sinfulness in His baptism by John.

Up to the moment Jesus stepped into that water to be baptized,
He was safe and secure.

No one knew His divine origin.

Then it all happened. He got involved.

And the Father in Heaven couldn’t keep quiet.

He is so excited that He hollers for everyone to hear,
“This is my Son. Watch Him.
Stay with Him. Listen to Him”

People did get so close that they wouldn’t leave him alone.

He couldn’t go off and pray or rest.

They would follow him across a lake after He fed them.

Jesus got very tired and in the end, it cost Him everything.

We never have to fear bringing to Jesus anything on our conscience
or any trouble that burdens our hearts.

Like the people we stay close to Jesus.

We draw near to him whenever we bear our soul to Him.

Let us allow Him to carry us and all that concerns us.

He will serve us well.

Let Jesus immerse Himself into our lives
as He immersed Himself into those waters of the Jordon.

This is what pleases the Father
that His own beloved Son can serve us
so he can save us.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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