The Baptism of Our Lord January 11th ‘13
In these last days of the Christmas season and first days of the New Year, I see I haven’t posted anything and I really don’t know what to do but try to start to blog some more. I did make resolutions, but am not sure how determined I am to keep them. Ones like spend more time writing and less time at work may have been born from laziness, and discontent, rather than commitment to improvements. What seems as an epiphany sometimes comes from delusion.
In the Gospel readings at Mass this past week we are reminded how many times, in Christ’s time, God showed the world the divinity of Jesus. There was the Visit of the Wise Men, dreams and angels’ warnings and prophetic messages for this time. Jesus touches a leper clean. Jesus starts to preach in the home town. Jesus walks on water and calms the storm. Jesus multiplies bread and fish to feed five thousand men. From the first Jesus performed miracles and healings of everything.
John 3:27 John answered, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven.
Luke 3:21&22 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Even though Jesus came in the room with me and I could see him like he ascended into heaven as everybody shall see him at the end of time I still did not experience an epiphany. I could hear him say I am coming back for you but it was many years later that I would give him any reason to do so other than to send me to purgatory or worse.
Many times the disciples’ hearts were hardened and many times the chosen people were stiff necked. It seems no matter the profundity of revelation we fail to see Jesus, fail to see the Father. What would it take? Obviously it takes the grace of God for us to have the virtues we need to experience Conversion.
And thanks be to God these graces can come from the Sacraments. With the gift of the Holy Spirit we can bear fruit. What gift did you give Jesus this year? I want to make the gift of my heart most complete.