January 9, 2022
Please note that the first and second reading have 2 options which the presider may select.
This past week has been our last week liturgically of the Christmas Season. One of the reason that the season lasts so long is so that we can celebrate the different showings or manifestations of the Lord. .
Then last week we had the manifestation of Jesus to the Magi, the pagan population, the non believers
This Sunday we experience the manifestation of Jesus at His Baptism by John as the one in whom ..."the Father is well pleased"
Both options for the first reading are from Isaiah. Again they show a God who has great concern and compassion for His People. Readings like this can certainly help us in those times of difficulty, just as they did for the Israelites in the slavery of Babylon for whom they were written. God did not abandon them and He will not abandon us, never. It can be us who abandon God. But He is always there to welcome us back.
Jesus has come into the world to save all humanity, pagans, non believers, sinner, saints, everyone. This liturgical season of Christmas has been the time we have reflected on how great is God's compassion and mercy on all of us, saint or sinner; non believer or believer.
Again, in both options for the second reading, we hear of God's great love for each of us. We hear that God is there for all. Wow! What mercy and what patience and compassion! We are given chance after chance to find the way to eternal life.
Finally, we hear in the Gospel the Baptism of Jesus by John. Jesus comes to show humanity the way to eternal life. He takes on our condition, our pain and suffering, our ups and downs, to show us the way to eternal life. He makes Himself "vulnerable'.
This past week I came across a podcast from On Being with Krista Tippett that speaks about current research that says how important being vulnerable is, because it is where real growth can happen in each of us as humans. I almost always run away from being vulnerable. What about you?
Certainly Jesus constantly made Himself vulnerable in taking on the human condition. He did not escape rejections, abandonments, persuasions, sufferings, etc.
Imagine, Jesus was willing to take on the vulnerability of being human to gain salvation for each of us. Was that what made His Father so pleased with Him.
“You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased.”
My Personal Comment
Being vulnerable is what I escape from, almost always.
I think Jesus is showing me the way to my spiritual growth.
I will need to pray for the will to be more vulnerable.
What do you think?
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Below is Something Extra
...that I came across that had meaning for me.
I know that Jesus came for everyone. But there is a difference between knowing something as a fact and knowing it in a way that really hits home.
God loves the loser, the nerd, even the person in the 10 items or less checkout line with 25 item. God loves the driver who did not single a left turn. Jesus loves people who have attitude, people who don't have a kind word for anyone or anything. Jesus came for this person, and would would come if this were the only person in the world.
I can include myself in the " everyone" for whom Jesus came. That's not always easy because lots of times I think of myself as the nerd or the loser.
But Jesus came for me. My job is to believe it.
Taken from THE LITTLE BLUE BOOK
Advent & Christmas Seasons