Mgr Gerard’s reflection: Baptism of the Lord

One of the most important facts when celebrating any sacrament is to prepare well to receive that sacrament. The Sacraments of Confession, Holy Communion and marriage are sacraments that people are able to do themselves. Usually though the Sacrament of Baptism is something that the parents need to do for their children.

When a child is born he/she is born into a family and from and in this family life grows. The child learns love and care as well as many other things. The family is the first school in life and is immensely important. Part and parcel of the Christian family is coming to church to receive the sacraments. This is part and parcel of the Christian nourishment a family needs to grow together in prayer and in love with Jesus Christ being at the centre of that family. It is sad when parents decide that this preparation is not necessary and start looking for quick fixes in order to ‘get them done’.

This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord a time when Christ’s public ministry began. This was an important moment in Jesus Christ’s life. “You are my son, the beloved” and these words are also for all who have been baptised. We are God’s beloved children