It is 6th January 2017. The readings are from are 1 John 5:5-13 and the Gospel from Mk.1:7-11. The first reading address the question – who can overcome the world? The only way to overcome the world is to believe in Christ. It is the Son of God who offers a life in full and complete with all its graces from His suffering and resurrection. “So that you who believe in the name of the Son of God may be sure that you have eternal life.” (1 Jn.5:13). The responsorial Psalm sings, “Praise the Lord, Jerusalem.” (Ps.147:12). The Gospel presents us with the Baptism of our Lord. There are three important images namely Jesus, the Dove, and the Voice are given to us which point out the Holy Trinity. That is, the Son standing in the water; the Holy Spirit symbolized by the dove; and the Father, symbolized by the voice. God the Father asserting in public about God’s only Son, “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.” (Mk.1:11). Jesus was baptized by John with his baptism of repentance. There is no need for forgiveness and repentance for the Son of God. Yet, Jesus offered us all a model to begin God’s work and mission, to support the ministry of John, and to identify with our humanness. Is God pleased with our Christian life and witnessing? May the Lord bless you to overcome the world by believing in Jesus and promoting Him every nook and corner of the world. May you have good day.

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