Amazing Grace

On Monday the Church celebrated the solemnity of THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD which ends the Christmastide, and moves us into Epiphanytide which lasts until 4th February.

Like the Epiphany (the visit of the Wise Men), Jesus’ baptism is a moment of great revelation. The word baptise comes from the Greek word to ‘dunk, plunge or immerse’. By being baptised in water, Jesus is creating a particular way that we can receive the life of God into our own lives – the Sacrament of Baptism.

The church calls this receiving of God’s life ‘grace’. In each of the sacraments we are immersed further into the life of God. The water of our own baptism was a visible sign of this invisible grace. When we are full of God’s grace we can do great things for God and for our world.

We remember that the Angel Gabriel greeted Mary as ‘Full of Grace’. We ask that she would pray for us to be as open as she was to God’s grace as we pray: Hail Mary…

Action: Put your date of baptism in your diary as a reminder of the day you first received God’s grace..

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