1st Sunday of Ordinary Time (13th January, 2019)
First Reading: Is 40:1-5, 9-11
Second Reading: Tit 2:11-14; 3:4-7
Gospel: Lk 3:15-16, 21-22
In the Gospel of Luke, people mistake John the Baptist as Christ and to them John clarifies that he can baptise people with water but someone else is coming who will baptise people with the holy spirit and fire HE is more powerful than John.
John also says that he is not fit even to untie the strap of HIS sandals. Jesus himself then underwent the baptism from John then heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove. Soon a voice was heard “You are my son, the beloved my favour rests in you.
One will certainly ask the question, was there a need for Jesus to undergo baptism? certainly not; but being someone in public and since others should follow him, Jesus should have forced himself to be baptised so that we all follow his ways.
This could very well relate to the commitment of father Damien who opted to help the leprosy patients who were literally thrown into the Molokai island. The Lepers were so helpless. Fr. Damien (who later became a saint) moved to the island to help them and closely associated with them and treated them. However, with obvious contraction of leprosy to him.
As a priest from Belgium, who did not have to do it, ventured into the service to be one among them to become a victim of the same disease.
Let’s open your eyes and see whether do we make someone does it, or do we start doing something as an example and will be a role model like Christ Jesus?
Sure, we will try. Amen.