• An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
  • An Image Slideshow
Follow us on: Richmond Catholic Parish Google+
Under the care of the Jesuits
You are here: Home News & Events Articles Baptism of Holy Spirit and fire
Christmas/New Year Masses Schedule now available

Nativity sceneThe schedule of dates and times for Masses during the Christmas/New Year period is downloadable from our Mass Times page.

Please join us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and the coming new year.

 

What's On

Baptism of Holy Spirit and fire PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 03 December 2016 - Second Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist appears in Judea preaching a message of repentance

Second Sunday of AdventJohn marks the conversion of those who seek him out with a baptism of repentance. Other groups in this period are thought to have practiced ritual washings for similar purposes, and John's baptism may have been related to the practices of the Essenes, a Jewish sect of the first century. John's baptism can be understood as an anticipation of Christian baptism. In this passage, John himself alludes to the difference between his baptism and the one yet to come: “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance . . . He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11).

In this reading, John makes very clear that his relationship to the Messiah yet to come (Jesus) is one of service and subservience: “. . . the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals” (Matthew 3:11). In the context of Matthew's Gospel, today's passage is followed by Jesus' baptism by John, an event that is attested to in all four of the Gospels and appears to have been the start of Jesus' public ministry.

Read more at Sunday Connection, Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry