In today’s Gospel, we once again hear about the Baptism of the Lord. John identifies Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”. In Baptism, we are forgiven of our sins and we become one with God! Think about that. “Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission”. (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1213)
One of the greatest gifts given to us in Baptism, besides forgiveness of sin, is the privilege of approaching God the Father in prayer and petition through Jesus and the Holy Spirit! We are called by the very nature of our Baptismal promises to live a life of sacrificial offering through our prayer to God. When we approach God in prayer, we do not approach Him alone. It is Jesus and the Holy Spirit praying in and through us to the Father! This is powerful!
Friends, this week I ask you to increase your prayers and sacrifices for two intentions.
First, pray for our Parish Pastoral Council elections on Sunday, February 2nd. Pray that God will lift up men and women who will lead this parish in this next phase of unleashing the Gospel to be sent out as joyful missionary disciples.
Second, pray for our community, the Companions of the Cross. Beginning on January 27th, our entire community will be meeting for 5 days here in Detroit at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center. We will be discerning and electing our leadership for the next 6 years. This only takes place every 6 years. On Friday, January 31st, the elections will take place.
Both of these elections are important. They will lift up leaders to further the mission of evangelization in St. Scholastica Parish and in the Companions of the Cross. Whatever prayers you can offer for these two elections will be heard and answered by our merciful and loving God according to His will. Be assured of my daily prayers for each of you. Please continue to keep me in your daily prayers.
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Jim Lowe, CC