We celebrate today the Baptism of the Lord and the conclusion of the Christmas Season. Did Jesus need to be baptized? He did not. He is sinless, the almighty Lord in flesh and blood. Jesus makes holy the waters of all baptisms by His obedience to the Father. His baptism in the Jordan provides for a theophany, a visible manifestation of God. We hear at Jesus’ baptism the Father’s voice proclaiming, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” At our baptism, we are baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus ~ in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We become living temples of God. His Spirit dwelling within us.
Conscious of becoming a holy temple of God in Baptism, I share with you an initiative being offered at all our parishes by the Archdiocese in partnership with Covenant Eyes. It is called Safe Haven Sunday. On the weekend of March 2-3, we will be providing teaching and resources that will support and protect individuals, marriages and families in making all homes a safe haven from the harms of pornography. These practical resources will help adults to protect themselves and our young people from online risks.
Covenant Eyes is the pioneer of Internet Accountability software, empowering members to maintain their online integrity. Aware of an ever-growing need to better equip parents, Covenant Eyes has developed a family Internet filter that restricts usage based on parental controls.
We will have available, free of charge, the Covenant Eyes’ book Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture for all families to take home. Covenant Eyes also offers a unique seven-day text-to-opt-in program providing practical tips. This awareness effort and these resources are meant to assist everyone in living the virtue of chastity for healthy and holy lives, marriages and families. The annual March for Life in Washington, DC occurs on Friday, January 18. This public witness to the sanctity of human life draws immense crowds. We accompany this witness with our prayers to God especially on January 22 which is dedicated in the US as the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.
The annual week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from January 18 to 25. During this week we pray that all may be one. Next Sunday, January 20, our local Ministerium will hold a prayer service at Evansburg United Methodist Church, 3871 Germantown Pike at 2 pm. All are welcome to attend.
God bless you, God love you,