What Jesus is announcing is the good (and extremely dangerous) news that God’s kingdom, His reign, His authority over all the world—God’s kingdom is arriving and breaking in, through him. Our response? Repent and believe. Easier said than done.
We rarely announce a Presence which saves. We presupposed all that Christianity stuff—as in, Jesus’ Presence, the new horizon and a decisive direction in our life—and we go straight to what we are supposed to do.
What is going on in Jesus’ baptism? Clearly he doesn’t need it. And why aren’t we talking about cute little baby Jesus anymore?
Today, as St. Paul says, we are told the secret plan, the mystery: God hasn’t been choosing some people and forgetting about others, he hasn’t been playing favorites. God has, all along, been working to bring salvation to all people, from every nation and race and tribe.
The spring of living water continues to flow. It has never ceased.
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – December 27, 2020 St. Mary – Derby, KS Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3; Psalm 105:1-6, 8-9; Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19; Luke 2:22-40 (1) Vita Familia Growing-up, my…… Read more “The Holy Family Is Generated Before It Generates”
If we really pay attention to our experience, we can recognize and feel in a very tangible way, our need for someone to bring peace, to bring shalom, to make us complete and restore us, to reconcile us to one another and to everything around us (to all of creation), to heal these broken relationships, and yes, even to undo the effects of violence and reverse death itself.
The goal from the beginning was for all mankind to share in the eternal life of God (i.e., the divine life) and this is what is restored to us in Israel’s Messiah King, Jesus.
What’s the issue? John says it clearly: “There is one among you whom you do not recognize.” At this point in the story, Jesus is already there, walking among them, but no one recognizes him—no one recognizes that the one they have been waiting for has arrived.
We don’t like thinking about Jesus’ return. We’ve heard a lot of scary things, judgmental things, fire and brimstone things about the “Day” that Jesus returns. So what gives? Is this “Day” that is coming a cause of fear or is it good news?