We are called to bring others to Christ!

Friday of the First Week of Ordinary Time

I Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22

Mark 2:1-12

Who has been baptized?

Have you seen pictures of your baptism?

The biggest thing that happened in our parent’s life was to give birth to us. The next biggest thing was to bring us to Christ by being baptized. We should know the date of our baptism because it is the day Christ claimed to be his children.

At the time of our baptism in attendance, I would guess our parents, godparents, grandparents, relatives, and friends.

We were held over the baptismal font, and the priest or deacon poured water over our heads, with these words, “I baptized you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

Our parents brought us to Christ, and our readings challenge us to think about what are we doing to bring others to Christ?

In our Gospel, four friends of a paralyzed man want him to be healed, and they are willing to do anything to get their friend close to Jesus because they know he can heal the paralyzed man. In cutting a hole in the home’s roof, the man lowers their friend right before Jesus. Jesus sees the faith of the man’s friends and tells the man, “Rise, pick up your mat and go home.”

We are going to do lots of things with our friends, and one of the things we should do is to bring them to Christ by the way we act.

We gather in this Eucharist to grow in faith and bring others to Christ.  

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