Message from Father John
Be Inspired and Live Your Christian Faith
God deposited another 366 days in our bank account to use wisely. He gives His time resources to us one day, one month at a time to use wisely.
On January 1st, we celebrate the naming of the Son of God according to His human nature. Joseph, as the protector of his new family, named the New-born baby Jesus, as the Angel of God had revealed His name to Him; for He will save the people from their sins.
On this day we also honor St. Basil the Great who truly loved the Church and Christian life used his resources to find philanthropic institutions (hospitals, old age homes and orphanages). For the Christian, Faith is not mainly words, but loving, Christian deeds.
On January 6th we remember (1st) St. John the Baptist who was sent by God to prepare the way coming of His Beloved Son to us, to save us. John was an austere Prophet who lived in the desert. He was calling his fellow Jews to Repent for their sins, confess them to God and straighten their way of life. Only then will baptism help them.
Secondly, we also celebrate the Baptism of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the revelation of the Holy Trinity to us. Jesus came to Jordan River to be baptized by John. While He was being baptized, His Father spoke from heaven, saying, “He is my beloved Son, listen to Him;” and the Holy Spirit came in the form of a dove and lighted on Jesus’ head. John who knew who Jesus was did not want to baptize Him, because there was no sin in Him. John said to Jesus that he himself needed to be baptized by Him. But Jesus said to John that He came to fulfill all the Scriptures and all that they said about Him.
After His baptism, Jesus began to teach the people, repeating the same phrase of St. John, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” God rules the world and we need to change our ways of thinking and acting. We need to listen to His message and come under His authority. It is time to renounce the demonic idols and their influence upon us and live God’s truth, by doing His Holy Will.
We can change the mistakes we made last year with our repentance. We can wipe them clean with our confession and forgiveness. This is the reason that God granted us these Holy Sacraments to help us in our human weakness.
Let us make a new God-pleasing beginning enabled by the Grace of God.
Happy New Year to all!
With love, Fr. John P. Angelis