January 1, 2016
The Gracious Overflowing Gift of Baptism
An excerpt of a homily by Pope Francis on January 1, 2015…
“At the beginning of a new year, it is good to remember the day of our Baptism: we rediscover the gift received in that Sacrament which has regenerated us to new life — the divine life. And this through Mother Church, which has Mother Mary as a model. Thanks to Baptism we were introduced into communion with God and we are no longer at the mercy of evil and sin, but [rather] we receive the love, the tenderness, the mercy of the heavenly Father.
I ask you once again: Who among you remember the day on which you were baptized? For those who don’t remember the date of their Baptism, I assign some homework: go find that day and cherish it in year heart. You can even ask your parents for help, godfather, godmother, uncles or aunts, grandparents…. The day on which we were baptized is a feast day! Remember it or go seek it out, the date of your baptism; it will be very beautiful to thank God for the gift of Baptism.”
Make a spiritual New Year’s Resolution. Write it on your calendar.
Year of Mercy Calendar for today: New Year’s Day ~ Blessed Mary, Mother of God. Opening of the door of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.