BAPTISM OF THE LORD
This gospel from Matthew is one of my favorites. Jesus hears as he comes out of the waters of Baptism, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”. Too often in our religious upbringing, many of us heard how sinful we were. I certainly never would have thought I was the beloved of the Lord. And yet I know myself to be just that, the beloved of the Lord. So I invite you to try this on for a spiritual practice with this reading. Pray with this statement. “This is my beloved (your name), with whom I am well pleased.” Just sit with that, breathe and soak up the beauty of God’s love for you. I pray that you can recognize this as a truth.
Clare Carr, OSB