A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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.”
REFLECTION: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Today is the end of the Christmas season. Many will take this time to reorganize their boxes of Christmas decorations and label them better for next year. The Church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord, the beginning of His ministry. It is the time that Jesus comes out to the world to spread the message of salvation. Filled with the Holy Spirit Jesus is looking for us to open our eyes and bring us home to our Father. He will be sending us out, as well, to spread the word of His love for His children. Daily He fills you up with the Holy Spirit.
Seek out the poor, the marginalized, the rich and successful, the popular and the rejected. When we come to believe that we are worthless or unlovable, when we are left alone, abandoned or rejected we begin to believe that we are no good and therefore deserve to be forgotten, set aside, pushed away, rejected and abandoned. Though materially we may "have it all", it is the lack of love that will destroy a person's spirit.
But God the Father says, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Believing that we are not worth anyone's love is our spiritual life's biggest enemy. May we spread God's love to all so that they, too, will hear the word "Beloved".