Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord by John and it signals the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. This is where the people witnessed the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descending upon Jesus Christ and throughout the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit led him.

St. Luke in his account of the gospel repeatedly indicated this: “Jesus, led by the Holy Spirit…” Jesus’ ministry is also carried out with the acknowledgement by the Father that Jesus is his beloved Son in whom he is well pleased.

This brief sentence is filled with Old Testament allusions: Jesus is God’s beloved Son, just as Isaac was the beloved son of Abraham. There is a hint here that Jesus is destined to be sacrificed, just as God asked Abraham to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. The title “Son of God” refers to Jesus as the Davidic messiah, but the words “with you I am well pleased” he becomes the Suffering Servant of Yahweh.

Let us recognize Jesus for who he is and imitate him. Like Jesus, we received the Holy Spirit when we were baptized and were made sons and daughters of God. But let us constantly examine ourselves if like Jesus, we are “pleasing to God.” Through our Baptism we are consecrated for the saving mission of Jesus. We have been empowered by the Holy Spirit through baptism for ministry.

Let us allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us like Jesus did, so that we may be able to fulfill our ministry and mission of bringing others to God.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro