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Sermon for 13 January 2013


My Dear People,

Today our Lord entered the waters which God had created at the beginning- the waters of life without which we would not be here. This creature element called H20 is the basis of all life on earth as you will discover with Attenborough in Africa on the TV Series - moving indeed, on how the animals search for the life giving liquid.

Our Lord’s Sacred Body - God Made Man enters those waters of the Jordan and in so doing sanctifies especially the waters of Baptism. The power of Baptism water comes from the fact that the Church consecrates it for the purpose and with the pouring of water and the Form of Words "I baptise you..." a person is born again of water and the Holy Spirit AND ENTERS A NEW DIMENSION OF LIFE in God. It is the beginning of the journey which will find its final destination in Heaven with the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit - our Lady and all the Saints of God – the Angels too. Our Lord's last command and mandate to the Apostles was "Go baptise all the nations and teach them everything I have told you".

Now – we have to see this great mystery today of Jesus' humble Baptism at the hands of John as one of the three disclosures of Jesus’ Divine Presence in this world of Sin. First he is revealed to the Shepherds by the Angel in the night sky. Jesus is then disclosed to the Wise Man in the Epiphany event--The Star which rose in the East and then hovered over the house where the child was with his Mother, Mary.

Finally today he is disclosed to the whole world by the Eternal Father’s Voice when the heavens are split open. The voice says "You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you." Then the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus, immersed in the River Jordan, praying and shows his presence in the form of a dove descending. What a disclosure that was eh? You will notice in St Kentigerns’ the image of the Dove hovering over the Altar of Sacrifice.

This is the final feast of the Christmas period of the Liturgy. Next week the Crib will be taken down and Christmas will be over. Next week will be the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary time cycle.

Our Lord's Baptism was one of humility and solidarity with the human race he had joined. The creator Lord accepts a baptism of repentance at the hands of the creature he made. The innocent one becomes like a sinner to express solidarity with us poor sinners. The result is the heavens are already torn open and the Holy Spirit is released hovering upon Christ's sacred body like he does now on his Holy Church which is Christ’s Mystical Body – therefore upon us.

God Bless you all in this new year of our Lord,

Father Tom Connolly

TODAY THE SECOND COLLECTION IS FOR THE Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child. The struggle to defend the unborn goes on. It requires great application because the enemy of the babe in the womb is very rich and powerful. It wants now to spread its snare now to Ireland so they can get their wicked hands on more young babes there. Nearly every Trade Union in the land subscribes to the Abortion Law Reform Society to promote Abortion. Schools are expected to tell the kids where they can acquire one without telling your mum or dad. The UN spends huge sums on "reproductive Health".

Bidding Prayers

Bidding Prayers for the Baptism of the Lord. 2013.

Priest: On this day the Father revealed his Only Son and commanded us to listen to him. In obedience we now come in his name to seek God’s help in all our needs.

Reader: The Father’s Voice was heard acclaiming the Son in the River Jordan. May the world listen to the cry of the unborn and change the unjust laws which end the lives of so many of our children in the womb. Prosper the work of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child. Lord in your mercy.

The Holy Spirit was seen like a dove descending – may the Holy Spirit today descend on us and all God’s people to enable us to be witnesses to that Light which is Christ our Lord. Lord in your mercy.

For married life and the sacrament of Holy Matrimony blest by Christ at Cana, and for all those who share in this sacrament – that their love and unity be apparent to the whole world and so witness to the unity of God with his Church. Lord in your mercy.

That the Church in our day will find new and creative ways of communicating the reality of Christ to a people who stand in such great need of liberation and redemption. Lord in your mercy.

We commend to God all our dear ones who are ill and suffering: Elizabeth Wallace, Marjorie Walsh , Agnes Halligan, Agnes Benson, Mr Azicate, Mary Tivnan and Debbie Egan . Lord in your mercy...

You have called your servants to Eternal Life - grant that happiness and peace O Lord. We pray for: Yvonne Butler, Pete McCormack, Kathleen Doherty, Mark Profit and Patrick Grennan AND for all those souls whose anniversaries fall about this time…Viela Nieri, Harry Duggan, (11am Sunday,) John Moloney, Timothy Moloney, (18th Jan) Baby Kayden Lee-Sweeney Grady, Shiela Delaney, Sheila and Sam O'Keefe and Jaqueline O'Keefe (Vigil ), Michael Foy, Grace McDermot, Michael Gilhooley, Afram Zaer and Margaret Hopkins. MAY THEIR SOULS AND THE SOULS OF ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD REST IN PEACE. AMEN.

Mary Most Holy, Mary Most humble servant of the Lord we seek your motherly prayer: O Mary, conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. Hail Mary, full of grace...

Priest: On this most holy feast of the Baptism of Our Lord we pray to you almighty Father for these and all our needs and the needs of the whole world. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.