Family Page – The Baptism of the Lord
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To help you and your family make the most of this weekend’s celebration while choosing to stay home in light of the pandemic, Ann has compiled some resources and activities for families. We hope you find them helpful!
The Baptism of the Lord
As you prepare to attend Mass or read the Gospel with your family, ask your family members to recall Baptisms they have attended. Encourage the little ones to listen carefully to the Gospel so they can answer a later question.
This Week’s Readings
- Isaiah 55:1-11
- Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6
- 1 John 5:1-9
- Mark 1:7-11
Jesus’ baptism must have been very important because all four Gospels include this day that begins Jesus’ ministry. The Gospels don’t always reflect each moment of Jesus’ life so this one must have been truly important.
Jesus’ baptism became the model of a sacrament of initiation, in which we are welcomed into the Church and invited into our role as a part of the Kingdom of God. We hear that God calls Jesus his Son, that he is loved, and uses his name. In our baptism we are also recognized as a beloved child of God and we are also called by name. Ask the younger ones what else is the same between Jesus’ baptism and baptisms they have seen; ask them what might be different.
If you haven’t looked closely at the baptismal font in church, you might want to take the time to do that along with looking at the oils right above it. Ask the other family members what are some of the other signs of baptism. Answers might be water, candle, and white garment.
What to Do Next
Today might also be a great day to look at pictures of family baptisms, including parents and grandparents. Talk more about things that are the same and those that are different. For example, when I was baptized in the 60’s godmothers held the child being baptized, not the mother. My mom always told me that’s why I’m the only kid in the family who is left-handed because my godmother held me in her left arm when I was baptized.
For adult pondering: Today our psalm describes the moment that hope is given through Baptism that leads to joy. Look for reasons to hope and feel joy today. Spend time in quiet reflection this day that brings joy and hope.
Have a great Sunday!
This is the last day of the Christmas season in our Church; next Sunday we’ll be in ordinary time!