1st Sunday of Epiphany – January 8, 2023

Theme: “Go and Proclaim: The Father’s Beloved Son”
First Reading: Isaiah 42:1-7

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89:13-14,19-20,21-22,25-26

Second Reading: Acts 10:34-38

Gospel Reading: Matthew 3:13-17

Homily by Fr. Romie-Jun Peñalosa

In today’s Sunday Mass Homily at Saint Michael Kalibo, Fr. Jun reminds us that we are baptized into Christ. We are immersed in the life of Christ. Our baptism causes us to be immersed with Him in His death and raised to life with Him in His resurrection.

In the Gospel, the baptism of John the Baptist is for repentance of sin which is why he did not feel that he should baptize Jesus. Jesus did not really need to be baptized for repentance because He is the spotless Lamb of God. But why did He need to be baptized even without sin? Because in this way, He identified Himself with sinful men. He did it not for Himself but for all of us sinners.

When we are baptized, Jesus cleanses us from all our sins. We are also immersed in the plans and purposes of God. We make plans and present it before God so He has something to work on. Life becomes meaningless when we have lost perspective of God’s plan for us. Life is meaningful when we know our purpose. How? By immersing with the community God has given to us. Participate in the life of the church because the church is the Body of Christ.

You have a purpose in life. God’s plans and purposes for your life is always what is best for you.

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