Baptism of the Lord

Happy Feast of the Baptism of the Lord!

Today we celebrate the beautiful Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. After this Feast we enter into a short period of Ordinary Time prior to Lent and then a longer period of Ordinary Time after Pentecost.

I would invite you to think about how you and I live out our baptismal call to holiness. It is a good time for us to reflect on our baptism. Are we living out our baptismal call to holiness? After we were baptized, the priest or deacon place on us a white cloth and said “see in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity. Bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven.” What is the shape of our baptismal garment? As you and I were baptized, the priest or deacon anointed us with the Oil of Chrism, saying “As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet and King so may you live as members of his body sharing everlasting life.” Are you living out your life sharing in the common priesthood of the lay faithful, different than the ministerial priesthood, but interrelated nonetheless? Are you truly living out your life as prophet and king? When we were baptized the priest or deacon handed to our parents a lit candle and reminded us that this light is to be kept burning brightly. Can people see the light of Christ reflected in our lives?

As we reflect on our baptismal and universal call to holiness – and enter into this period of Ordinary time – may we remember that it is in the ordinary way in which we live our lives- in the ordinary events in our lives that God’s grace shines through us. May we spend each day truly living out our baptismal call to holiness and be a light of Christ to others!

Thanks for being the light of Christ that you are to others here in Castle Rock, Douglas County and in the State of Colorado!

You’re the best!

Fr. Brad