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Weekly Devotional

Baptism

by Fr. Dmitri, New Zealand

Saturday 16 January 2010 ( 8 Tobi; 8 Tuba)
Prophet Malachi.
Forefeast of the Theophany.
Years mind of Bishop Karas's repose.

As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
(John 6:57)

CONSIDER THIS:

But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness," then he allowed Him.
(Matt.3:15)

Love never fails.
(1 Cor.13:8)

I have fallen raise me up and strengthen me, O Lord; for Thou raiseth up all who have fallen.
(Ephraim the Syrian)

St. Moses the Black defines the unceasing prayer to be, "the worship of the heart."
(Anon)

Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
(John 1:29)

John answered, saying to all, "I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
(Luke 3:16)

O, my heart, why are you striving for for happiness in this world, when you know there is no peace or joy in it.
(Mystery of Godliness)

O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You.
(Psa.69:5)

Give ear to my prayer, O God, And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
(Psa.55:1)

Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.
(Luke 3:8)

It is not all enough for you to leave sin and repent from it. You must repair the results of your sin as much as you can.
(HH Pope Shenouda III)

REFLECTION:

The Holy Eucharist (Communion) is a fire that purifies and consumes all our miseries and imperfections. Do Everything in your power to make yourself worthy of the Eucharist, and this Divine Fire will take care of the rest.

Living God, You have given us the Communion as our food for heavenly life. Help us to partake of it often, and so be strengthened during our pilgrim journey on earth.
(Hyacinth of Marescotti)

HOMILY:

BAPTISM

Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptised of him.
(Matt.3:13)

John's reaction was one of dismay, that Christ should come to him for Baptism, being the sinless One. But Jesus told John it was needful for Him to be Baptised as an example for the rest of mankind. We go to Matt.28:19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, Baptising them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." This was Our Lord's Commission not only to His Apostles, but to the Church down through the ages. But is this being done today? Have we the same zeal as the early Church?

We do not think enough about our own baptism; it is Our Lord's first gift to each of us, full of His thoughtfulness. In instituting it, He took something that existed already (Jews used it in receiving proselytes; and John the Baptist accentuated it,) and He made it into a great Spiritual reality. So Baptism, like Sacrifice, goes back into the roots of human history, awaiting His creative touch.

Our own Baptism is not a mere event in the past; it is working in you still: infused grace, infused virtues, and the right to actual graces. The need is to live up to our Baptism. Virtues like limbs, do not grow unless they are used. Keep thy Baptism, Keep the Commandments of God, that thou mayest meet Him.

Baptism is the prerequisite for admission into Christ's Body the Church, not into one specific denomination, as some would have us think. Scripture allows for re-baptism if it has been done by Apostates or Heretics. May we all take Our Lord's Commission to heart and follow His instructions and Go into all the World and Preach the Gospel to the unconverted and also to those who are Churchians and not Christians.

To Thee be glory and praise, now and ever, unto Ages of Ages.
AMEN!

Today's Readings:

Evening: Psalm 110:4&7; Gospel Matt.18:13-19.
Morning: Psalm 73:23-28; Gospel John 15:17-25.
Liturgy: 2 Cor.4:5-5:11; 1 Peter 2:18-3:7; Acts 20:17-38,
Psalm 107:32-42; Gospel John 10:1-16.

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