Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” From the Gospel according to St. Matthew.

At the beginning of his ministry, as recorded by St. Matthew, Jesus went to Caper′na-um by the sea of Galilee. It was there that he found Andrew and Simon Peter, and the rest of the twelve apostles. He began to teach them about repentance and the kingdom of heaven. Continue Reading

The Baptism of Our Lord, Jesus Christ

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” from the Gospel according to St. Matthew.

Today we commemorate and celebrate the Baptism of Jesus by St John in the Jordan River. As we learned in the Gospel, John hesitated, because he thought himself unworthy to baptize Jesus, and instead he should be baptized by him. Jesus says,

Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.”

Why did Jesus need to be baptized? We know he had no sin to repent, and since he was the Son of God, he had no need to be grafted into the tree of life. Continue Reading

The Holy Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ

“And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” From the Gospel of St. Luke.

Today we celebrate the Holy Name of Jesus. This was the name given to Mary by the angel at the annunciation in Luke 1:31:

“And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call him Jesus.” Continue Reading