Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Is 42:1-4, 6-7 OR Is 40:1-5, 9-11
Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10. OR Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30
Acts 10:34-38 OR Ti 2:11-14; 3:4-7
Reflection: The Gospel reading closes with a voice from heaven proclaiming “You are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased.” Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we too became children of God. As a result, God said this same thing to us when we were received into the Church at our baptism, and He continues to proclaim it as we go throughout our lives. As children of God, He takes joy in our accomplishments and is pleased with us, just as our earthly parents are.
Big Picture: We are children of God
Younger saints: Did you know you are a child of God? Does this mean that God loves you and is proud of you just like your mom and dad? (Yes.) What have you done today or yesterday that made God happy?
Older saints: What does it mean to you to know that you are a child of God? (This can be a very difficult concept to grasp, but it means that God loves us and takes great pride and joy in all that we do and accomplish here on Earth. It is also a good reminder that even when our parents may not notice our accomplishments or be there to witness all our behaviors, God is always watching us.) What parts of your own life do you think have pleased God? In what ways could you bring more pleasure to God?
Scripture Verse for the Week: “You are my beloved son; with you I am well pleased” Luke 3:22
You are now entering the mission field: If you see someone doing something they shouldn’t, tell them nicely that it was wrong and they shouldn’t do it again. (Spiritual Work of Mercy: To admonish sinners.)