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04/17/16 Consequences of the Resurrection

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
On the fourth Sunday of Easter the Church invites us to contemplate one of the dearest images of Jesus, one used by Christ himself to describe his unique love and relationship with his disciples: the Good Shepherd. This image was very dear to the first Christians, who painted it in their catacombs, finding comfort in the midst of persecutions.

The Lord said in the Gospel: My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. Even before we get to know Him, He knows us. He knew us even before we were born; He knows every single thought, every longing, every pain and every joy. Because of this, we trust Him and we hear his voice, we follow Him.

This reality is a consequence of the resurrection. Because He rose from the dead, he is truly alive and can be with us; we hear his voice because He is alive in his word and comes to us in the sacraments; we follow Him in the Church, our Mother. This Sunday becomes an occasion to try to renew our awareness of his risen presence in our lives, the certitude that He is truly the Good Shepherd, who knows, loves and protect us.

With my prayers,
Fr. Daniel

1/10/16 Renewing Your Baptism

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Dear brothers and sisters,
Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and with it, we close the Christmas season. Certainly, the Baptism of Christ happened many years after his birth, at the beginning of his public life. However, the Church wisely invites us to reflect on this mystery while we are still celebrating the joy of his nativity. Why?

The mystery of the Baptism of Jesus is one of revelation: God’s love and kindness “appear” and are seen by everyone. In the fact that Jesus was baptized by John we see his solidarity and humility. We know that John’s baptism was one of repentance, and of course, the Lord had no need of repentance. But He chose to share our life, to teach us and guide us, walking with us every step of the way. This is something that we see when He receives Baptism from John: at the beginning of his public ministry He shows his total love and commitment. And in doing so, He receives a wonderful confirmation of his identity and mission, when the heavens were opened and the Father solemnly said to Him: You are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased. As we rejoice for seeing this love and solidarity, we should also try to renew our own Baptism, and be good children of our good Father.

God bless you all,
Fr. Daniel

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