The Baptism of the Lord

January 10, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

IS 42:1-4, 6-7 or IS 55:1-11 PS 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10. or IS 12:2-3, 4BCD, 5-6. Acts 10:34-38 or 1 Jn 5:1-9

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The Preaching of John the Baptist and The Baptism of the Lord

Mk 1:7-11

This is what John the Baptist proclaimed:
“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 Spirit.”

It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open
and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens,
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”


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St. Justin Martyr (Feast Day June 1)

100 – 165

St. Justin Martyr was born in Flavia Neapolis (present day Nablus, about 30 miles north of Jerusalem) around the year 100. He was born a pagan and educated in philosophy. At the age of 30, he happened to cross paths with an old man walking along the beach who questioned him about his beliefs and especially about the sufficiency of philosophy as a means of attaining truth. Over time, Justin had been persuaded of the superiority of the Christian creed over all other beliefs and philosophies, and seen this belief made manifest in the witness of Christians. Martyrdom was for him the highest proof of the truth of Christianity. Nobody, he said, died for the teaching of Socrates. Justin’s heart burned within him as he realized that he had finally found the Truth he had searched for all his life.

Much like St. John the Baptist, Justin was a great apologist (defender of the faith), engaging in debates with scholars. He wrote numerous works about the faith. For his staunch adherence to the Christian religion, Justin (like John the Baptist) was beheaded in Rome in the year 165.


Take time to chat

  • John the Baptist said that Jesus is mighty (powerful). How have you seen Jesus’ power at work in your life?
  • What is the difference between being baptized with water and being baptized with the Holy Spirit?
  • Why do you think God spoke from the heavens when Jesus was baptized?
  • John the Baptist and St. Justin Martyr were both great defenders of the faith. How is God calling you to live out your faith?


Recipe of the week

Ramaki (Water chestnuts wrapped in bacon)

As we celebrate Jesus’ baptism by water, enjoy this water chestnut recipe!

6-8 cans of whole water chestnuts

soy sauce  

brown sugar

2 packages of center cut bacon

Preheat oven to 350 F. Marinate the water chestnuts in soy sauce, overnight if possible. Put brown sugar in a bowl and cut each bacon slice into 3 pieces. First roll the marinated water chestnuts into the brown sugar and set them in a baking dish until you are finished with all the water chestnuts. Once you have finished your first step then wrap each chestnut in bacon, secure with a toothpick and place it back in the same baking dish. Bake at 350 F for 1.5 hours turning once midway.


Family Fun

Family Dance Party

We have a lot to celebrate today! The Baptism of the Lord and the Christmas season are reasons to rejoice. Play some fun music and have a family dance party. Take turns picking songs to play. You can also take turns teaching each other dance moves. Try a line dance or choreograph your own sequence!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Gracious God,

You have called me to life and gifted me in many ways.

Through Baptism you have sent me to continue the mission of Jesus by sharing my love with others.

Strengthen me to respond to your call each day.

Help me to become all you desire of me.

Inspire me to make a difference in others' lives.

Lead me to choose the way of life you have planned for me.

Open the hearts of all to listen to your call.

Fill all with your Holy Spirit that we may have listening hearts and the courage to respond to you.

Enkindle in my heart and the hearts of others the desire to make the world a better place by serving you.


Adapted from Prayer #7 from

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

When you were baptized, you received a candle that was lit from a large, beautifully adorned candle called the Paschal Candle. Locate the Paschal Candle in your church.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Write the text of Mk 1:11, “You are my beloved Son [daughter]; with you I am well pleased" on a 3x5 card. Place it on your bathroom mirror. Read it out loud each day when you brush your teeth and recall that God knows and loves you personally.

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Fun Facts!

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The Baptism of the Lord is the last Sunday of the Christmas season.