Just a Thought January 12th – 13th
The Baptism of our Lord.
It is hard for us to picture the scene described in today’s readings when Jesus approaches John the Baptist and ask John to baptize Him. Jesus the Son of God approaching a mortal man and asking for Baptism.
In a reflection of this week’s feast, I recall reading that Jesus did this not as a sinner in need of purification but to lead you and I forth to a new ‘exodus’. By this simple yet profound act, Jesus opens for us the promised land of heaven.
John was baptizing the people filled with expectation that Jesus might be the Christ. John answers speaks to each of us, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Jesus not only became one with us, Jesus gives us himself in Eucharist every single time we approach the altar for Communion. Jesus, the Son of God, comes to walk with us thru life. Jesus, comes to help us in any and all situations or decisions we might have to face. Jesus, one with us in love.
Imagine the crowd present when John baptized Jesus and a voice was heard from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.”
Dear friends, YOU and I are His beloved sons and daughters. Try when life throws us those curves to know Jesus is there, when friends and loved ones say and do things that hurt you, Jesus is there to comfort, protect and heal you, because He loves us.
All we have to do is bring Him into the moment, talk to Him from our hearts and then take time to listen to what He tells us. Then after listening, pray for the grace to DO what you feel Christ is asking of each of us.
Then perhaps in the words of our Communion antiphon, we too can say by the lives we live, that ‘we have seen and can testify that Jesus is the Son of God.” We are blessed indeed!
Have a great week, know you are in my prayers.
Next meeting, Monday, January 14th in the hall at 7PM. Join us as we take time to allow God into our grief.