Gospel Reading and Thoughts for January 12, 2014

baptism of christ2Gospel – Matthew 3:13-17

Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan
to be baptized by him.
John tried to prevent him, saying,
“I need to be baptized by you,
and yet you are coming to me?”
Jesus said to him in reply,
“Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us
to fulfill all righteousness.”
Then he allowed him.
After Jesus was baptized,
he came up from the water and behold,
the heavens were opened for him,
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
and coming upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens, saying,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Wow!  We have made quite a jump between the birth of Christ and the visiting of the Magi last weekend to the beginning of Christ’s adult ministry.  I wonder about all of the ordinary things in between his miraculous birth to him appearing on the public scene.  I wonder about Christ’s first steps, his first day of school, his first friendships.  Perhaps he even played with his cousin John or St. Anne took care of little Jesus while Mary went to the market.  All of the daily, ordinary, routine activities and Mary was there for all of them.  Mary didn’t miss a minute of it.

I am sure that you too don’t miss much of your children’s lives – every scraped knee, every laugh, every accomplishment – you treasure in your heart just like Mary did. And whatever great and wonderful things your children are destined for – priest, nun, president, doctor, wife, dad – you will have these simple moments that may not make the yearly Christmas letters, but that make your lives rich, full and deeply blessed.

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