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Will you wash the feet of those closest to you tonight?

In today’s Gospel we hear about the washing of the apostles’ feet by Jesus.  Peter was very resistant to this as it seemed completely absurd to have Jesus do such a thing.  This was, after all, God made man, the Saviour of the world!  It should surely be the other way round would have been Peter’s thinking.


Yet Jesus makes it clear that this is something he must do.  Firstly, he makes it clear that “unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”  This is a clear link to our Baptism and its fundamental importance in our salvation.

Is it possible to be faithful to the Truth whilst also being humble and compassionate?

Jesus was compassionate but firm in the Truth

Pope Francis, during his Sunday Angelus, has spoken about the importance of Baptism and the role it plays in our lives.  Having earlier baptised 26 baby girls and boys at morning Mass, the pope was keen to impress upon the gathered faithful the critical nature of this sacrament.


The pope said that in Baptism the Holy Spirit "burns and destroys original sin, returning to baptism the beauty of divine grace.”


The pope then stressed the importance of following Jesus and being obedient to the Truth whilst remaining true to Christ’s qualities of tenderness and humility.

Through baptism we recieve God's favour (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 11th January 2015)

 
Sunday's Gospel (Mark 1:7-11):
 
'In the course of his preaching John the Baptist said, ‘Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’
It was at this time that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptised in the Jordan by John. No sooner had he come up out of the water than he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him.

Pope Francis General Audience: Becoming People of God Through Baptism

 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good Morning!
 
Here is Pope Francis' message from Wednesday's general audience in Rome:
 
Last Wednesday we started a brief cycle of catecheses on the Sacraments, beginning with Baptism. And on Baptism I would like to pause again today, in order to stress the important fruit of this Sacrament: it makes us members of the Body of Christ and of the People of God. St Thomas Aquinas states that whoever receives Baptism is incorporated in Christ, almost like one of his limbs, and becomes aggregated to the community of the faithful (cf.

Pope Francis urges us to celebrate the day of our Baptism

It's not the first time the Pope has made this plea. Do you even know the date of your Baptism? If not try to find out and make sure you celebrate it and encourage your family members to do the same!

To read about the Pope's thoughts on this, click this link: http://t.news.va/en/news/a-date-to-remember










Pope Francis General Audience: Stressing the Importance of Baptism (Wednesday 13th November 2013)

 
Pope Francis, at today’s General Audience, spoke of the importance of Baptism, stating that “through the Sacrament, we are immersed spiritually in the death of Jesus Christ and we rise with him as a new creation.”
 
Our Baptism is the day we are born in Christ to a new life.  Do you know the date of your Baptism?  Do you celebrate it in the same way you celebrate your birthday?  If not it is certainly something worth thinking about.
 
 Here are Pope Francis’ words in English:

Dwelling on the Word of God: Baptism essential for Heaven (Friday 8th November 2013)

 
‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.’(John 3:5)
 
 
This passage is not part of today’s Mass reading or Gospel but it is one which is of significant importance.  In fact, in terms of salvation, it could not be more important!  Jesus himself tells us that we must be born of water and of the Spirit if we are to enter Heaven. 
What is this ‘born of water and the Spirit’ that Jesus speaks of?  We simply need to turn to the time Jesus and John the Baptist gathered together in the River Jordan.
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