January 9. Baptism of the Lord.  On the feast of the Baptism of the Lord the parish had often held a community baptism celebration.  Most of those to be baptized were small babies, others children, but some grownups too had come for Baptism.  Parents, godparents and the older candidates had enjoyed the preparation sessions, the RCIA and the home reflections. When Fr Fidelis read the Gospel of the Day at the ceremony he invited each sponsor or parent to consider the gift of a child and the gift of faith, reminding them this is a beginning of life as a child of God. As they did, they felt a real sense of pride as they agreed with the words of the Father, “This is my beloved child, with you I am well pleased.” Reflect and share on the personal significance of baptism. and the conclusion of the Christmas season. 

Scripture.In those days Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan.  And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.   Mark 1:7-11.

Pope Francis: When I think of the value of solidarity I think first of families, called to a primary and vital mission of education.  They are the first place where the values of love and fraternity, togetherness and sharing, concern and care for others are lived out. These can be handed on from a tender age.  FT 114