Weekend Reflections for 1/9/15
There are moments in our lives--perhaps a number of them--that are what we would call "defining" moments. They change and direct us, enlighten us, strengthen us, give meaning to our lives. For Jesus his baptism is one of these defining moments: he is now sent to be the carrier of God's presence and action in the world. The voice of the Father says, "You are my beloved with whom I am well pleased."
There is a mystical truth that this feast brings to us: those words, addressed to Jesus, are addressed to us! Though we might find it hard to grasp, God loves us exactly as God loves Jesus. ("As the Father has loved me, so I love you...And the Father and I are one...") Those words to Jesus were addressed to us at our baptism and at each moment in our lives thereafter. May this feast confirm us in grace and strength for this coming year.