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Never Forget It

Saturday of the First Week of Christmas

Scriptural Readings: 1 John 5:5-13; Ps 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20; Mark 1:7-11

My dear encountered couple:

What we are reading in this short gospel passage is a brief description of the effects of Baptism and Confirmation. Through baptism we become children of God, in confirmation we are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. It is good that we once in a while make ourselves conscious of what has happened to us. For we seem to forget it so easily.

To forget we are sons and daughters of God and that we have the power of God the Holy Spirit within us is like forgetting we have a thousand dollars hidden away in the house when the rent comes due. Not only do we find ourselves out on the street, we lose respect for ourselves and feel helpless.

Never, never should we forget our dignity as children of God. Never, never should we think we are alone with no way out.

God is our Father, Jesus is our savior and brother, the Holy Spirit is heaven’s powerhouse within us that sends running every vile thing hell might unleash our way.

During that time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. Immediately on coming up out of the water he saw the sky rent in two and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. Then a voice came from the heavens: ‘You are my beloved Son. On you my favor rests.’” Know what Jesus did after that? He went out into the desert where he demolished all the attempts of the devil to destroy him.

You are God’s child! You have God’s power!



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