Bishop's Message

 


 Dear Friends,

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.

We have received Christ in Baptism. At the Baptism of Jesus, the "Father" said "This is my Son, the Beloved, my favour rests on Him." At our Baptism we also become the sons and daughters of God. We are the Beloved of God. God's favour rests on us. We celebrate the privilege and gift of being the beloved sons and daughters of God.

However, this is a gift which needs to be shared.  Our Baptism commissions us to be disciples of Jesus.  We are called to be the light of the world and salt of the earth.  Our Baptism makes us all missionaries.

By living our daily lives in the pursuit of holiness and doing God's will in our everyday lives we give witness to the risen Christ.  God loves all people.  Our Baptism confirms for us this love.  Our confirmation commissions us to share this message with all, to share with all the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The Christian vocation commissions us to be "Sacraments", living reminders and signs for all of God's love.  This love we find and experience most deeply through Jesus.  We are "Jesus" in the world for each other and for all.  The Church is the body of Christ, the mystical body.  We are the Church, each using our gifts at the service of God and His people.

In Christ,

Bishop Charles Gauci