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Jan 2020

Preached January 19, 2020; St. Peter Catholic Church, The Dalles, Oregon Last Sunday we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord and this Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Gospel continues on the same theme. Jesus, upon whom the Holy Spirit descended in his baptism, is proclaimed by St. John the Baptist as the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. In this way St. John the Baptist makes clear for us the connection between Jesus’ baptism and ours. Before I enter further into today’s Gospel, I would like to review......

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The Baptism of the Lord
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