Friday, 8 January 2010

Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased. (Luk 3:22 RSV)


For Ireland it is really winter. I know, this would make most people laugh... I think we might have gotten maybe 1 or 2 cm of snow and a few degrees of frost but the whole of Dublin is practically shut-down... But then, we are not really used to winter over here!

Well, the good thing is that because all the footpaths are practically covered with ice I am more or less confined to the priory and my room, which helps the study. I have four exams in the next two weeks, and trying hard to understand some of the philosophers who are likely to come up in one of the questions.

This Sunday's Gospel is taken from the gospel of Luke (3:15-16,21-22). The people are wondering if John is the Christ, but he answers them "I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire" (Luk 3:16 RSV). John recognizes that he is only the messenger, and that the Christ is coming after him. The people were already anxious about the coming of the Messiah, and this was excited by the force of John's presence as a preacher. Now John is saying that something much mightier than he will come... there must have been a great buzz around!


Then later on, Jesus comes forward for baptism, and after He was "baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased."" (Luk 3:21-22 RSV).

Were the people exited before this event, they must have been even more so after this. However, we can read about another event (Jn 12:28) that the Father spoke too and some of the crowd only heard a thunder and did not recognize the voice...

Even though the excitement was great around the event of the baptism, how many of these people did still follow Jesus when He really showed His love for us (Friday morning "in this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins" (1Jo 4:10 RSV)). Even the event at the river Jordon, while revealing so much of the Fathers love and of the Trinity itself was seen from the worlds point of view only something noticed by a very small group. But the encounter with God is usually small but significant I find, and we have to recognize to see God working in our lives in the small but significant ways He does.

The encounter with God is an encounter that goes deeper than anything else, but we have to allow it to go deep. What really struck me on the feast of the Epiphany was the verse in which the Magi left and "they departed to their own country by another way" (Mat 2:12 RSV). The Magi came a long way to see this King, and "they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy" (Mat 2:10 RSV) when they arrived and went into the house... and they only found a little child...
But "they departed to their own country by another way", they did not go back the way they came. They were changed by the encounter of the child, and their live was never the same again... this seemingly little insignificant event made a deep impact on their lives...

Well, this was only short, but it is time to go back to Kant I guess...

1 comment:

epsilon said...

I love this picture!

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