Twice in today’s short gospel Saint John the Baptist says, “I did not know him.” This line struck me because there can be a temptation in thinking that knowing a lot about Jesus is the same as knowing him. But if Saint John the Baptist is an example, then we know that we learn more about Jesus when we really know Jesus. Knowing Jesus, having a relationship with Jesus, and seeing that relationship take root when we become disciples of his, is a good goal for all of us.
One of the first workshops on education I attended emphasized the importance of beginnings and endings when it came to individual classes, and the semester. In today’s readings we hear about two people who begin a new life in God. Yet their lives end quite differently. Hear about the power of God’s grace.
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It will come as no surprise to those who know me, but I am not always at my best. Sometimes I am cranky, don’t listen and am too opinionated, to name only a few of my faults. And sometimes I wrongly judge people. And I sometimes get angry at God. But today’s first reading should serve as a reminder that even when we are not at our best, God can still use us for good.
Please pray for all people struggling with health issues.
Please pray for the people in the Philippines. I just got some medical information that I will now need to make some big decisions about. If you would keep me in your prayers, I’d appreciate it
In the early Church, there was some confusion about why Jesus was baptized by John. We see even John the Baptist has a question about the appropriateness of his baptizing Jesus. The gospel of John mentions a few times that John the Baptist was not the light, not the one coming into the world. So why, then? As we have seen all throughout the Christmas season, the Baptism of Jesus is one more way we see the divinity of Jesus manifest.
At the beginning of a new civil year, the focus can be on making resolutions. More than that, the focus can be simply on our own effort to accomplish these resolutions. We must work harder. We must put in more effort. We must do it ourselves. In today’s first reading from Saint John, we learn the most important truth. It all starts with God. We can love because God first loved us. So seek his grace.
Why would Jesus ask the disciples to feed so many people? How is it they could have possibly fed all those people? Could it be he knew that by asking this, he was helping to make a point stick? As we listen to the readings between now and the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday,…
There are many games where the object is to find someone. Where is Carmen San Diego? Where’s Waldo? This Christmas season can be seen as a time when the goal is to find Jesus. That is because we see the manifestation of Jesus in so many ways. There is the manger. There is the presentation,…