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Sunday Gospel Reflection With Fr. Bill Grimm

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  • January 11, 2013
Baptism of the Lord, First Sunday of the Year (C)
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

15 A feeling of expectancy had grown among the people, who were beginning to wonder whether John might be the Christ,

16 so John declared before them all, 'I baptise you with water, but someone is coming, who is more powerful than me, and I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

21 Now it happened that when all the people had been baptised and while Jesus after his own baptism was at prayer, heaven opened

22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in a physical form, like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son; today have I fathered you.'
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The difference between us Christians and the rest of the world is the knowledge that there is an answer for our anticipating hearts, and the answer is the Son of God present among us. That was Good News to the people on the banks of the Jordan River. It is Good News for the whole world.

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