In quick succession the Church celebrates the birth of the Lord, His Epiphany, and in today’s feast, His Baptism (which closes the Church’s observance of the Christmas season). It would appear to be a rather big jump from His Epiphany to His Baptism – some thirty years separates the two events. The Church places these feasts together to show that the Lord’s public ministry is manifested by His Baptism, as His divinity was made manifest to the gentiles by the Epiphany. This Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is also the first of the Luminous Mysteries (or Mysteries of Light) which Pope John Paul II introduced in 2003. Whereas the other Mysteries of the Rosary (Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious) focus on events early in the Lord’s life, or at the very end, the Luminous Mysteries present for our meditation the very events of our Lord’s ministry.
On behalf of Deacon Jerry Ruesch and all the parish staff, I want to express my deep gratitude for the many cards, gifts, and Christmas greetings which we received from you, the generous parishioners of SS Peter & Paul. May God reward you, and may He bless you with a healthy, prosperous, and holy New Year!
May God bless you!