The Life Teen Podcast is attached. Readings for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord: Is 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30; Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7; Lk 3:15-16, 21-22.
“What would you place on the list of most important dates in your life? Would your Baptism be one of those dates? Oftentimes we understand that Baptism is important but we don’t understand why it is that important. Baptism accomplishes what circumcision, in the Old Testament, could only signify…Baptism brings you and I into the family of Christ. This is a feast in which we should celebrate that God invites us into this relationship. When we are Baptized, we are Baptized into the perfect family of the Holy Trinity. This is unmerited, a free gift of grace, because of God’s mercy to become a part of God’s family. We are not just having our sins washed away in Baptism: we are being recreated and reborn. Now we are a son and a daughter of God.” (Mark Hart)
This podcast is an excellent foundation for a weekly Bible study focused on the readings throughout the liturgical year. These Bible studies can be at the parish, at a coffee shop or even on-line.