Thought for the Week
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
January 10-16, 2021
As we conclude the celebration of the cycle of the Epiphany with the Baptism of Jesus, we can recall some of the readings from this past week. They were filled with various manifestations of the power of Jesus and indications that he was more than human. We see him turn the few fishes and loaves into enough food to feed over five thousand people. Jesus comes walking on the water and calming the storm.
He heals the leper. In spite of all these miraculous events the apostles and Jewish people did not get it.
They were waiting for Jesus to restore the way things had been and return power and control back to the Jewish nation.
Aren’t we the same? We are waiting for things to go back to the way things were before the pandemic. We look to the material and temporal restoration. However, things will never be the same. Something new is on the horizon. The question is, “Will we grasp it wholeheartedly and embrace a healthier attitude toward one another and the events of our lives? Will we have learned anything positive from the experience? Will we build a better tomorrow with an equal distribution of the world’s goods.
With the baptism of Jesus we enter his public life in the weekly readings. Why did Jesus have to be baptized? Is he not the Son of God? Jesus wanted to be like us in all things, except sin. He submitted to John’s baptism to manifest an even greater baptism by the Holy Spirit. Mark 1: 7-11 We see in this event the presence of the Holy Trinity: the voice of the Father, the symbol of the Holy Spirit in the dove and Jesus himself. What a wonderful revelation. It is at this point that John steps out of the picture, calls for repentance and points to the following of the Lamb of God, Jesus (John 1: 29), whose sandal he is not worthy to untie. We will see Andrew, a disciple of John the Baptist and a future apostle, run to his brother, Peter, to declare to him that he has found the Messiah and come and see. As John points us to this mission, may we go with enthusiasm to share the presence of Jesus, as Savior.
The Prophet Isaiah in 55: 1-11 gives a beautiful account of what the life of the disciple of the Lord is to look like. We are to “come to the water” of life to be filled with goodness and have we not all been baptized? Have we been heedful of this rich gift? We are to “listen, that we may have life.” We are “to seek the Lord while he may be found, call him while he is near.” We are “to turn to the Lord for mercy.”
During this time of pain and anguish are these not challenging, as well as, consoling actions to take?
In this Year of St. Joseph let us continue to reflect on his great faith and trust. He did not question God’s message, but promptly obeyed to the best of his ability. We, too, are called to not question the events of
our lives, but to seek God’s will in our daily challenges and trust that he is in charge and will lead us through this dark time. The star of faith, hope and charity is to burn brightly in our lives.
“Let us draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation,”
Sister Rosemarie Goins