Thursday, January 5, 2017
by Sister Charlene Hockers
“We have seen his star in the East, and have come with gifts to adore the Lord.”
“This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
We are coming to the end of celebrating a glorious liturgical season: Advent, Christmas, and now the Epiphany on Sunday and the Baptism of Jesus on Monday. We will take a moment to reflect on these mysteries.
The Wise Men had traveled from the East following the star. When they found the Messiah, they presented their gifts to Him. We also follow the star through the promptings of the Holy Spirit, who will help us recognize Jesus as He breaks into our lives. In ordinary and surprising ways, we find the Lord through the Scriptures, the Sacraments, creation and in our own personal lives. In order to BE epiphany to others, we strive to be persons of selfless love. We celebrate in gratitude and awe!
Since the Baptism of Jesus is celebrated the next day, let us fast forward from the Child Jesus to the adult Jesus at the Jordan to be baptized by John. At the end of this event, we hear how the heavens opened and the Father proclaimed, “This is my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” As Jesus was encouraged by His Father, so, we too, are encouraged and guided by the Spirit in our daily life. We recognize that encouragement through our family, co-workers, and friends. We hear the voice of God in the quiet of our hearts.
Who encourages me? Whom do I encourage? We invite Jesus to break into our lives as we listen, encourage, and give ourselves in selfless love!
“You are His beloved, in whom I am well pleased.”
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