GOD’S WORD

BAP­TISM OF THE LORD Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30 1st Read­ing: Isa­iah 40:1-5, 9-11 2nd Read­ing: Ti­tus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

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The role of the mes­sen­ger is not to pro­claim him­self. In­stead, his mis­sion is to pro­claim An­other. The church is called to be a mes­sen­ger: mak­ing straight the way of the Lord and an­nounc­ing His ar­rival. The church is not it­self the Good News. When the church preaches it­self, rather than Christ, it falls into what Pope Fran­cis calls “spir­i­tual nar­cis­sism.”

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