January 13, 2019
Prayers for the Living: Marti Benevente, Robert Taeger, Bill Brock, Jim Burke, Alfonso Casillas, Kevin & Leslie Dunn, Melissa Gemilere,
Isabel Lopez, Estelle McKeown, Christina Saldana, Tina Voci, and Robert Williamson
Prayers for the Deceased: Mary Beadle, Alma Delia Martinez, Margarita Saldana, Leslie Shanon, Lucille Sutton, & Manuel H. Valdez
First Communion Classes: For Lesly & Chely’s students, there will be class on Monday, January 24th, Martin Luther King Holiday.
PreBaptism Class: The next class for parents and godparents is Friday, January 18th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Contact the Parish Office at (310) 510-0192 to register for the class.
Special thank you: Fr. William Ruther would like to thank all Staff and volunteers, parishioners, donors, and visitors for a great year. May God Bless you all!
Welcome: Fr. Loc Tran will be here the week of January 14th. Fr. Ruther will be off the island next week, returning late on Thursday, January 17th.
Confirmation Date Scheduled: We recently received notice from the Los Angeles Archdiocese that Bishop Thomas J. Curry will be here to celebrate confirmation with us on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
First Communion: Lesly & Chely’s 2nd year class with 22 students preparing to receive the sacraments of First Communion, a bilingual celebration is planned for Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Weekly Reflection: What a treasure trove of stewardship lessons we find in our Gospel reading today on this feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Today’s Gospel is one we read every year, so it is easy to lose sight of just how incredible it is that Jesus wished to be baptized in the Jordan River by His cousin, John. We just spent the last two weeks marveling at the fact that this Savior of ours was born as a baby in a crude stable for our sake, and now this! Stop and contemplate our Lord in all His perfection waiting quietly and patiently in line with a bunch of sinners (like us!) in order to “lead by example.” His love and humility in serving and self-giving are beyond all telling.
Certainly, the sinless Savior did not need a baptism of repentance! John himself noted that in comparison to Jesus, he was not even worthy to loosen His sandal straps. But Jesus humbly made Himself one with his people to draw us to Him and create a relationship with us so that we would be open to His teachings and influence.
In response, we should be filled to overflowing with gratitude to such a gracious God — an overflow that must express itself in our own giving back to God through our sharing of time, talents and treasure. In fact, when we allow the words and actions of Jesus in the Gospel to enter deeply into our minds and hearts, we will be compelledto give ourselves to Him and others out of love for Him.
In addition to the gratitude that Jesus’ baptism should inspire, we can also study His actions at the Jordan River as a powerful example of the servant-leadership He displays time and again throughout His public ministry. We see in our Lord a style of leadership characterized by humility and leading by example.
As a servant-leader, we also see that Jesus leads
by example. He doesn’t just tell the people they need to be baptized. He shows them how and does it Himself to teach them. To lead like Jesus we, too, must “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk.” If we want those we lead at home, in ministry or at work to be generous and hard-working, then we must show them how to do this by demonstrating generosity and hard work ourselves.
And just in case there was any doubt about the extraordinary actions of Jesus that day at the Jordan River, we learn of the powerful affirmation of the Father who, immediately after the baptism, opens the heavens, sends the Holy Spirit upon Jesus in bodily form and says audibly, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased.” Wow!
Let us be filled with gratitude for our amazing God and be reminded that when we are grateful followers of Jesus and servant-leaders in imitation of Him, the Father will be well-pleased with us, too.
Did you know? The ONLY Christian church in existence for the first 1,000 years of Christian history was the Roman Catholic Church. All other Christian churches which exist today can trace their linage back to the Roman Catholic Church. Most non-Catholic churches which exist today are less than a century or two old by comparison.
¿Sabías? El sólo la iglesia cristiana en la existencia de los primeros 1.000 años de historia cristiana fue la iglesia católica romana. Todas las demás iglesias cristianas que existen hoy en día pueden remontar su linaje a la iglesia católica romana. Mayoría de las iglesias no católicas que existe en la actualidad es menos de un siglo o dos viejos en comparación.
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