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Pastor's Message

Why is Jesus baptized?

Jesus is baptized to “fulfill all righteousness” and to show us the way to salvation.  Baptism is the means by which we are renewed by God’s grace (sin is taken away—original and personal sin) and we receive the Holy Spirit. In this sense the Baptism of Jesus is the most fitting way for us to conclude the Christmas season. Jesus’ baptism fulfills the promise of salvation, which we have been celebrating this Christmas season; it makes the Sacrament of Baptism the way through which we receive the greatest gift ever known to man, Salvation and eternal life!

"Baptism . . . now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ". And the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The Lord himself affirms that baptism is necessary for salvation [John 3:5]. . . . Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament [Mark 16:16](CCC 1257).

Yet Christians have also always realized that the necessity of water baptism is a normative rather than an absolute necessity. There are exceptions to water baptism: It is possible to be saved through "baptism of blood," martyrdom for Christ, or through "baptism of desire," that is, an explicit or even implicit desire for baptism. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "Those who die for the faith, those who are catechumens, and all those who, without knowing of the Church but acting under the inspiration of grace, seek God sincerely and strive to fulfill his will, can be saved even if they have not been baptized" (CCC 1281; the salvation of unbaptized infants is also possible under this system; cf. CCC 1260–1, 1283).

With all this said, we can boil things down this one truth—Baptism IS the way to salvation. Each and everyone of us will need to respond to the way in which God is drawing us to himself (baptism of water, blood or desire) and to continue to fulfill our baptismal promises each day of our life.

Let’s resolve this year to apply these three New Year Resolutions: (1) Monthly confession, (2) One Hour or ½ Hour of Eucharistic adoration each month, (3) 15 minutes of personal prayer everyday. This truly will make the New Year Blessed for all!  

Fr. Dallas

  


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