Archives for January 2015
Every once in a while someone will say to us, “I would like to introduce someone to you.” The person introducing us has an intuitional sense that some kind of a connection might be made between the two people.
This is what is happening in the Bible readings today. John the Baptist introduces Andrew and the unnamed beloved disciple to Jesus. They stay with Jesus and a strong bond is fostered. Then Andrew introduces his brother Peter to Jesus. The elderly priest Eli helps to introduce the young Samuel to God, encouraging him to say to God, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Who has introduced you to Jesus and the ways of God? When are you drawn to introduce someone to Jesus and the ways of God?
Today we complete the Christmas season with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The gospel portrays Jesus coming up out of the Jordan River with the heavens opening, the Holy Spirit descending upon him, and the heavenly proclamation: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
The first reading from the prophet Isaiah begins with the divine invitation “Come to the water!”
The door opens for us to imagine ourselves standing with Jesus in the river experiencing the same heaven-sent realities. This is how God sees us — as beloved sons and daughters.
In what ways do you feel beckoned to return again and again to the truth of how God sees us? When are you especially aware of God’s love for you?