John The Baptist Analysis

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Jan 15 2017 homily John 1 29 34 1Cor 1 1 3 Isaiah 49 3 5 6
Todays Gospel portrays a type of transfer of authority… Up to this point John the Baptist had been on his own, out in the wilderness, baptizing and preparing the people for the coming of the messiah, the Savior, Jesus Christ… Now the moment has come for The Baptist to enlighten his followers… To inform them that the Messiah has finally arrived and, is with them, in the here and now…
The baptism of Jesus is a transforming moment for John the Baptist… It signifies the coming to an end of the ministry of “The Baptist”… his work is done… his initial task, has now becomes his final task… To identify and point the people toward the Messiah… Jesus Christ…
“John [the Baptist] testifies…
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To accept being baptized by him is to be open to a love that is inclusive, gratuitous and compassionate.
The Spirit of Jesus is the «Spirit of Conversion» to God. To accept being baptized by Jesus means to let ourselves be transformed by him slowly, learning to live by his principles, his positions, his heart and his sensitivity as children of God.
The Spirit of Jesus is the «Spirit of Renewal». To accept being baptized by Jesus is to accept being drawn into his creative newness… He can awaken the best there is in the church and give it a new heart with a greater ability to be faithful to the gospel…
It is important to understand that each and every one of us has a spiritual body as well as a physical body… If we neglect our spiritual body, and allow it to weaken and become sickly, it absolutely will affect our physical body…
At this time of year… at the beginning of a new year… it is important to take an honest and hard look at our spirituality… we need to uncover any selfish and self-serving motives that have entered into our lives especially those that have a negative impact on our spiritual lives… Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation we receive the spiritual strength to rid ourselves from those things that can and will harm
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