January 10, 2021,1st Sunday of Epiphany, Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ Theme: “Living in Christ: Anointed of God” Homily by Fr. Andy Illustre Old Testament Proclamation: Isaiah 40:1 -7 Responsorial Psalm : Psalm 29 New Testament Proclamation: Acts 19:1-7 Gospel Proclamation: Mark 1:4-11

Jesus came to us through the Baptism of John where He humbly received the baptism of sinners that the sin of the world be crucified with Him.

Jesus identifies with us in Baptism so that He can represent us, sinners.

That which we could not do, that which we could not pay, He humbly took upon Himself through the Baptism of John so that our sins would be with Him on the Cross. He freely accepted us out of love.

He identified with us, sinners. We cannot save ourselves but only through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus’ Baptism marked the end of Jesus’ private life and embraced living His life fulfilling the will of the Father.

This is also a moment of equipping, when the Holy Spirit equips us with power, with healing, miracles after miracles happen. Baptism reminds us of who we are and Whose we are.

His Baptism reminds us of our mission. Jesus presented Himself to John’s Baptism, so that the prophecies about Him would be fulfilled. The Spirit that Jesus Christ received is the Same Spirit we receive in Baptism and we have received in Baptism.

Every baptized believer is called and formed by God and empowered with the presence of the Holy Spirit. The same mission that the Lord Jesus Christ received is the same mission we have received!

Homily recap by Shan Militar

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