Reflection for Jan. 13, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The message heard at the Baptism of the Lord isn't just for Jesus

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We, too, are loved and are pleasing to God

by Sister Agnes Fischer

"You are my beloved Son."

On the day Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened and a voice proclaimed: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22)

On the day of our baptism we didn’t see or hear anything, but our faith tells us that:

  • The heavens did open for each of us
  • The Holy Spirit did descend upon us
  • God did say to each of us, “You are my beloved son/daughter”

After his baptism Jesus went about doing good. Isaiah 42:3 tells us: "A bruised reed he did not break, and a smoldering wick he did not quench.”

  • What good am I doing as a result of my baptismal call to be a disciple?
  • How do people know that I have been baptized?
  • What bruised reeds and smoldering wicks have I sheltered and nourished?
  • Whom have I grasped by the hand and brought out from confinement?

Lord God, may I be your child in name and in truth. (from the prayer after Communion)


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Comments:

CommentBubbleDear Sister: This is a very meaningful reflection, a lot to think about. Thank you, Irene

CommentBubbleI put myself in the scene of Jesus being baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. I begin to talk with Jesus: What did it feel like to be baptized by John, Jesus? What did it feel like when you saw many people coming after you to be baptized? Were you energized by their decision to follow your example? Were you inspired by their willingness and desire to ‘change their lives’ for the good of others? Did you take notice of how each one expressed their love for God, and how they cared for the ‘little ones’ in their midst? Could you tell how much they wanted more in their knowing, loving, and serving the God-of-their-salvation? Were they gentle and kind in their expressions; or were they loud, abrasive, rude, belligerent? What did you say to them? How did you respond to each one? Who of these followers, those choosing to be baptized after you, and in the same water-bath as you, Jesus, am I like? Which one of these followers do I most identify with? Or -– do I mostly identify with you, Jesus, as you ‘go down,’ below the surface of life, to ‘come up’ in greater fullness of a more awakened, more fully conscious life of what it means to be ‘beloved of God?’ -- Linda

CommentBubbleWow, this reflection has really made me stop & think. Very meaningful Sr. Agnes! Thank you! -- Marie

CommentBubbleGreat Reflection, Sister! I appreciate your thoughts & efforts! It was great to be home over the Christmas/New Year's break. Happy New Year. God's Blessings always -- Father Bill Jacobs