Posts Tagged ‘Baptism of the Lord’

【Spiritual Talk】Baptism of the Lord – Fr. Anthony Ho

This Sunday, the Church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord, which commemorates Jesus' revelation to the Jews, as opposed to His revelation to the Gentile Magi at the Epiphany and to His apostles at the Marriage at Cana. Jesus' baptism appears in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, but only Matthew records the dialogue between John the Baptist and Jesus before the baptism. Originally, John was not willing to baptize Jesus and said Jesus ought to baptize him since he knew his lowliness before Jesus. But Jesus permitted it anyways to fulfill all things. Matthew's Gospel mentions the word "fulfill" many times, meaning to fulfill the Old Testament. He describes angels, magi, John, even God the Father testifying to Jesus' identity and mission. The Holy Spirit descends as a dove on Jesus' head, while God the Father says, "This is my son in whom I am well pleased." The descent of the Holy Spirit reminds us of the Spirit of God moving above the waters in Genesis and of the dove sent above the floods by Noah - both times representing the new beginning of the world. Jesus' baptism is a new beginning and the end of the Christmas season. Our baptism is also a new beginning and gives us a new birth.
Publish date: 2020 - 1 - 11

“You are my son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22)

Let us follow St. Paul’s advice, strive to be transformed by faith and make it our goal in life that God will be well pleased in us His adopted children.
Publish date: 2019 - 1 - 13

Was “John’s baptism” relevant to Christian baptism?

As a precursor, John had gone before Christ by birth and his preaching echoed that of His (Mt 4:17; Mk 1:15). So his baptism was also meant to be a foreshadowing of the new birth (Jn 3:5-7) brought about by the actual Sacrament which Jesus later established.
Publish date: 2016 - 1 - 10

Spiritual Talk – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

This Sunday is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and Fr. Anthony Ho explains to us the events surrounding the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. The Sacrament of Baptism allows us to leave sin behind in order to receive the saving grace of God, while the descent of the Holy Spirit gives us new life and allows us to become the sons and daughters of God.
Publish date: 2015 - 1 - 10

The Gift of Baptism

主受洗節(慶日) 主受洗節提醒我們不要輕看聖洗聖事。 耶穌藉著悔罪的聖洗,不單要「完成全義」(瑪竇福音 3:15),祂亦以此來到罪人當中 ,把人的罪過扛在身上。祂接受約翰洗者象徵悔改的聖洗,顯示了祂對天父旨意的完全接納,也在祂與那些犯過罪卻渴望成義的人的共融中表現出來。祂被傅以天主聖神,是為在世上把救恩廣傳的使命作準備。 同樣,藉著聖洗,我們被傅以聖神。這為我們生命賦予了新的意義–重生,亦裝備我們接受新的使命。在我們接受自己作為基督門徒的身份的同時,我們把舊我棄絕,並為我們的召叫獻上自己。 聖洗不是一小撮人的專利,而是為所有人的,因「天主是不看情面的,凡在各民族中,敬畏他而又履行正義的人,都是他所中悅的。」(宗徒大事錄 10:34-35) 藉著聖洗,天主授予我們能力把福音傳到地極,這就是我們的召叫。 我們不該害怕這項新使命,因為伴隨著福傳使命而來的是聖神的恩賜,使我們足以完成遠超乎我們所能想像的事。耶穌不斷授予門徒各種能力和權力,由此可見天主願意我們參與祂的救贖工程。 耶穌聖潔無罪尚且注重聖洗,那我們更該為聖洗這份恩賜而感慶幸,並滿懷喜樂的履行我們作為基督門徒的責任。 Feast of the Baptism of the Lord The Baptism of the Lord reminds us how important Baptism is that we should not take lightly. Besides trying to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15), through a baptism of repentance, Jesus also identified himself with every sinner, […]
Publish date: 2014 - 1 - 12