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Friends, today’s Gospel tells the story of the baptism of Jesus. The first thing we must keep in mind about the baptism of Jesus was that it was embarrassing. Here is the one that the first Christians maintained was the Son of God, the sinless lamb who takes away the sins of the world, the Word made flesh. So why is he seeking a baptism of repentance?

There is no way around it: John was working in the country north of Jerusalem, along the banks of the Jordan river. And his theme was unambiguous: repent. Those who came to him were coming to have their sins dealt with; they were admitting their guilt.

As is usually the case with the Bible, there is an irony in the fire. Before ever a word passes Jesus’ lips, he is teaching, in fact communicating the heart of the faith, by this stunning reversal. In this gesture, God lays aside his glory and humbly joins us in our sinfulness, standing with us, assuming our burden.

Gospel Reflections

Meditate on Daily Gospel Reflections from Bishop Robert Barron

Christmas Time

Friday

January 6

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Thursday

January 5

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Wednesday

January 4

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Tuesday

January 3

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Monday

January 2

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Sunday

January 1

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Mary, Mother of God

Christmas Octave

Saturday

December 31

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Friday

December 30

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Holy Family

Thursday

December 29

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Wednesday

December 28

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Tuesday

December 27

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Monday

December 26

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Sunday

December 25

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Christmas Day

4th week of Advent

Saturday

December 24

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Friday

December 23

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Thursday

December 22

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Wednesday

December 21

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Tuesday

December 20

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Monday

December 19

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Sunday

December 18

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3rd week of Advent

Saturday

December 17

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Friday

December 16

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Thursday

December 15

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Wednesday

December 14

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Tuesday

December 13

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Monday

December 12

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sunday

December 11

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2nd week of Advent

Saturday

December 10

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Friday

December 9

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Thursday

December 8

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Immaculate Conception

Wednesday

December 7

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Tuesday

December 6

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Monday

December 5

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Sunday

December 4

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1st week of Advent

Saturday

December 3

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Friday

December 2

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Thursday

December 1

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Wednesday

November 30

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Tuesday

November 29

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Monday

November 28

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Sunday

November 27

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34th week of Ordinary Time

Saturday

November 26

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Friday

November 25

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Thursday

November 24

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Wednesday

November 23

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Tuesday

November 22

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Monday

November 21

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Sunday

November 20

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Christ the King