by Sister Laura Zelten
On this Sunday we find ourselves at an end and also at a beginning. The Scripture readings for the feast of the Baptism of the Lord present us with a new beginning in the story of salvation. Jesus comes to John to be baptized, showing that God's saving love for the human family will be enacted. Luke's Gospel proclaims a new beginning with the revelation of the identity of Jesus. He is the beloved Son of God, the one upon whom God's favor rests.
This Sunday marks the beginning of National Vocation Awareness Week, a time to reflect upon God's unique call to each of us. We fulfill our mission through the circumstances of our lives. During National Vocation Awareness Week we are reminded of the call to priesthood, religious life as a sister or brother, the permanent diaconate and lay ecclesial ministry.
As we come to Eucharist, may we express our gratitude to God for our vocations. God calls each person by name and gives each person a unique purpose in the mission of Christ. In our graced efforts to be faithful to that mission, we discover again and again how beloved we are to God.
chapter 7, US Catholic Catechism for Adults
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
Jesus asked the disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter responded by saying, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God". (Mt. 16:16).
This week, take time to reflect on what your answer would be. What image of Jesus speaks to you? How does your image of Jesus challenge you in your daily living?