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  • Homily for the Baptism of the Lord (01/10/2021)


    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
              Many of you were surprised to see the Christmas decorations still up in the Church. Liturgically we are still in the Christmas/Epiphany Season. But it all ends this weekend. So, enjoy the flowers and the manger which you will not see again until next year around this time.
              Let me say a word about the meaning of Epiphany, so you can see how the feast of Jesus’ baptism fits into the theme of Epiphany. The Epiphany means an appearance, a revelation or a manifestation of something, especially something glorious or wonderful. We celebrated Epiphany of the Lord last Sunday by hearing how the Magi, who represented the Gentile world, found the Christ Child. Today’s feast of the baptism of the Lord is also part of Epiphany, in that, at Jesus’ baptism, God reveals Jesus as his beloved Son.
              We could stretch the theme of Epiphany to almost everything in the Gospels because whatever Jesus did, he was revealing himself as God’s Son – from changing water into wine, casting out demons, forgiving sins, walking on the water, calming a storm, feeding a multitude with five loaves and two fish, teaching God’s law, healing the sick and raising the dead. In the Gospel, John the Baptist said, “One mightier than I is coming after me I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water, he will baptize you with the Holy Spirt.” This is the scriptural foundation of our Christian baptism. All these things tell us how mighty Jesus is. We may wonder why Jesus asked John the Baptist to baptize him. Jesus is mightier than John the Baptist. John the Baptist acknowledged this in saying he was not worthy to untie Jesus’ sandals. So why did Jesus ask for John’s baptism, especially since John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance? John prepared people with water baptism but Jesus gave people life and the Holy Spirit. Jesus could fully baptize people with fire and the Holy Spirit. Jesus had no sins; he did not need to repent. But Jesus wanted to be baptized by John. First of all, Jesus’ baptism demonstrated his solidarity with us in his human nature. That is, as we are, he was fully human in every way possible with the exception of sin. The second reason was that Jesus was showing his support for the work of John the Baptist and perhaps also sharing in that work as he began his ministry. And the third reason was that God the Father directly inspired Jesus to be baptized so that God could express his delight in his Son: “You are my beloved Son; with whom I am well pleased.”
              The word beloved here evokes the nuance of unique or only Son. It reminds us of the words of Isaiah we heard today in the first reading, my chosen one, and even bears some resemblance to God’s words to Abraham when he asked him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac (Gen 22:1-2) : Take your Son Isaac, your only one, whom you love. Here, we see the irony that while God ultimately does not allow Abraham to make this sacrifice, God himself will sacrifice his beloved Son, and it is to fulfill this divine plan that Jesus is anointed Messiah and Savior.
              In the second reading from the book of Acts, Peter declares salvation is available to all people, and is not restricted to the Israelites. We are all God’s beloved children, chosen ones.
              As we hear this Gospel proclaimed, Jesus is baptized by John, the heavens open, the Holy Spirit descends like a dove, while God the Father calls Jesus his beloved Son. We note this divine action occurs as Jesus emerged from the waters of the Jordan. This is an Epiphany, a divine revelation.
              We, too, have emerged from the waters of baptism and have been anointed with the same spirit. The words of the Father are for us, too, for we are beloved by God. But the challenge will always be to retain God’s blessing. In the midst of his love, he will always be pleased with us as he is pleased with his Son. The church is born in baptism. In baptism we are forgiven for all sins. We are adopted into the family of God, and given sanctifying grace to live and grow in holiness. We are marked as Christ’s own forever that is why we never “rebaptize” someone who has fallen away and then returns to the Church. The tremendous blessing of this sacrament includes its grafting of each one of us to Christ and its outpouring of the Holy Spirit into us such that we are then disposed to receive additional graces and blessings throughout our lives. These graces assist us in our journey to our final goal – union with Christ in eternity.
              It is good to reflect on our baptism because it is the Sacrament through which our sharing in Christ’s life begins. It was the day on which we were reborn as God’s beloved children. It was the day we could legitimately say to God: “Our Father …”. It was the day that set a direction to follow Christ’s way. It was the day that gave us the hope to be able to enjoy eternal life with God. It is the day that prepares us to receive the Eucharist, that is to feed God’s life in us. We need to eat to keep alive, so the life of God in us needs to be nourished. There is no better nourishment than to listen to God’s Word and receive Christ’s body and blood. As John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit. May this Spirit, given to us at our baptism continue to move us in eternal life with Christ in God’s Kingdom.
     
  • Weekly Readings

    Saturday January 9
    First Reading: First John 4:11-18
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 72:1-2, 10, 12-13
    Gospel: Mark 6:45-52

    Sunday January 10
    First Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
    Second Reading: Acts 10:34-38
    Gospel: Mark 1:7-11

    Monday January 11
    First Reading: Hebrews 1:1-6
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 97:1-2, 6-7, 9
    Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

    Tuesday January 12
    irst Reading: Hebrews 2:5-12
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9
    Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

    Wednesday January 13
    First Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
    Gospel: Mark 1:29-39

    Thursday January 14
    First Reading: Hebrews 3:7-14
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 95:6-7, 8-9, 10-11
    Gospel: Mark 1:40-45

    Friday January 15
    First Reading: Hebrews 4:1-5, 11
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 78:3, 4, 6-7, 8
    Gospel: Mark 2:1-12
     
  • From our Pastor :

    Parish Life
    Regarding parish life, the Archbishop encouraged pastors and priests to move forward with parish activities, including in-person gathering for all ages while observing the health and safety restrictions of the state. Whenever possible, we need to prudently proceed with the life of the Church. We need to focus our efforts on strengthening the faith of our people, especially the religious knowledge and faith of our children. In these unique times, our church may become poorer and smaller, but more fervent.

    Religious Education
    Religious education lasses will be every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. For  information please call the parish office at 541-994-2216.

    RCIA
    If you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic. Please let Fr. Sebasty know or have them call the parish office at 541-994-2216.
               
     

  • A Prayer in the Time of a Pandemic
     
    May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those
    whose lives are at stake.
    May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.
    May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
    May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.
    May we who have to cancel our trips remember those
    who have no safe place to go.
    May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.
    May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those
    who have no home.
    As fear grips our country, let us choose love.
    During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
    Amen
  • Special Request from our Pastor:

    I want to thank everyone who has continued to support our church financially throughout this difficult time. As you know, while masses are suspended church expenses will continue. Therefore, once again, I am prayerfully asking for your continued financial support. You can continue to support St. Augustine by sending your weekly/monthly offering through the mail. Your continued financial support of our church will be greatly appreciated. I pray that you stay healthy and safe in your homes until this pandemic is over. 

    Father Joseph Sebasty

  • Livestreamed masses

    If you are interested in livestreamed masses please visit the Archdiocese of Portland website at:
    https://archdpdx.org/live-masses
     

  • Special announcements

    Dear Parishioners and Friends,
     
    For more than ninety years, St. Augustine Church has been a beacon of light in Lincoln City, and a gathering place of prayer, worship and service.

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  • works of charity

    Wash your hands often.
    Keep social distance.