Welcome to the week of Reflection on the Baptism of the Lord. While we think about the significance of this event, try to think about your own baptism, many of us were infants but some are older. This very personal day should be remembered as our spiritual birthday. Look up when you were baptized,if you don’t know the date. Put it in your calendar as a day to be celebrated. This very day begins our journey of faith and we receive the first infusion of the Holy Spirit. It leaves an indelible mark on our very soul.
Did you ever wonder why it was important for God’s son to be Baptized?
Here is one more short reflection on the importance of this day... the reflection was made for 2019 but the message is timeless. Following the reflection, I invite you to renuew your own baptismal vows with your family. I can’t think of a better way to start the new year.
Now gather everyone in your household to renew their Baptismal vows and sincerely begin a new year.
For families with children in grades K-4:
This week we remember the day that JESUS was baptized? Do you remember your baptism? ( Probably not because you might have been very young) Do you know what the date was when you were baptized? Ask your parents. Do you know who are your Godparents?
Some of you may not have attended a baptism of someone else yet. Here is a baby being baptized and the Priest explains everything that is happening.
A fun way to learn for me, has always been thru music. Here is a song someone made about the Sacrament of Baptism.
For families with children in grades 5-7:
This week our focus is on when JESUS was Baptized. We also think about the importance of the very first Sacrament we are invited to receive. Do you know the date of your Baptism? Ask your parents to look it up. Ask your parents why they brought you to be baptized? This is also a good time to reflect on the promises made and to renew those promises.
Even today people visit the Jordan River where JESUS was baptized. The link below gives you a visual tour of this Holy place.
Next we have the opportunity to learn more about the catholic tradition of Baptizing children and renewing our vows to God.
For Families with YOUTH in grades 8-12:
This week we celebrate Jesus’s Baptism and reflect on our own baptism and what that means? Do you know the date of your Baptism? Ask your parents if you don’t know. What if you celebrated that day like you do your birthday?
No doubt 2020 was not the easiest year we have had in history. How are you doing.... for real? It’s okay not to be ok. Lean on your family and friends. Lean on the LORD. If nothing else has been been learned is that God is the constant. God has the answers. God is the stability in unstable situations. He does not change and he is close to us. He is not socially distant. I pray that if today finds you struggling that you reach out to God and accept the help he offers... it may come in unexpected ways thru direct insight, people, situations that pop up and thoughts. Pray for the openness of heart to receive the always timely help. Here is a video from Fr. Mike Schmitz that may trigger answers to doubts about the changes we all have been facing.