REFLECTION FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR
A story is told about an old grandfather who walked into a flower shop in order to buy a beautiful corsage. “I want to buy a beautiful corsage” he said, “not a big one, but just about the prettiest one you can make.” He smiled, “It’s for my granddaughter and she’s having her first date tomorrow.” The owner was so amused and interested. “How old is your granddaughter?” the owner asked the old man. “More than two weeks”, replied the excited grandfather. The owner was surprised, “Did you say a date…a corsage…two weeks old?” asked the owner. “Precisely yes!” said the old man. “And I want a corsage that’s exactly right. She’ll never have a more important date than she has tomorrow because it’s her first date with God. My little granddaughter is getting baptized tomorrow.” Well, my dear friends today we are celebrating the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord in Jordan River by St. John the Baptist. He is baptized not because he is a sinner but because He wants to be in solidarity with us especially in our journey towards the kingdom of God. That He is with us and is one of us. As we celebrate the feast of the Lord’s Baptism it reminds us of our own Baptism. That when we are baptized, there should be a change of heart and we become Christians. When we are baptized, we chose Christ above all people and things. We believe in the Holy Trinity and we have a vocation to be like Christ and to act like Christ.