With the Christmas stories, we have heard the news of God's wonderful gift to all people, revealed to a larger and larger audience.

First Mary was told of the role she was to play as the bearer of Jesus, the Son of the Most High.

When Joseph was planning to divorce her, he was told of God's plan to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet.

When Jesus is born, the angels proclaimed to shepherds the good news of great joy.

Then the magi come to do the newborn king homage, alerting Herod and all Jerusalem with him. When Jesus is baptized, the heavens open and God reveals to all, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."

Jesus is baptized to fulfill all righteousness, submitting to the Father's plan for the salvation of all.

Jesus commissions his apostles, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

When we are baptized, we are adopted as God's children and initiated as disciples of Christ.

Jesus told us what we need to do as his disciples, building on the 10 Commandments through his sermon on the mount, his discourse about the final judgement of the nations, and his life of peace and justice. Baptized with the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to carry on Jesus' mission.

We know clearly what we are to do and with the joy and peace that comes from living by the Spirit, why would we want to do anything else. God loves us unconditionally and calls us to put our faith in his Son into action. May we live so God will be well pleased with us.

(Paul. R. Bachi is permanent deacon at St. Mark Catholic Church in Eddyville. His opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the newspaper.)