The Peace Pulpit: It is important to reflect on the fact that we have been baptized, to remind ourselves that we accepted a change.
Soul Seeing: God did not create the human body. How can a perfect, loving, all-powerful God create something so fragile, temporary, slow to learn?
Today, the community of believers in Jesus gathers to remember and celebrate his baptism. There at the Jordan, John clarified his role as precursor of Jesus. The baptism given by John was preparatory for the baptism that Jesus would bring: John's was with water, but Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit. There at the Jordan, Jesus was identified as "my beloved Son," and from that moment on, he would be the living Word and Wisdom of God. In all his words and in all his works, Jesus would make known to sinners the love and mercy of God.
Young Voices: May we seize moments in the new year, meditating on the goodness in our lives in gratitude and in hope.
The Peace Pulpit: When we live that good news, then we will draw people to God, and gradually our whole world will be changed.
Essay: Men of power do not understand the language of dreams. They only understand the language of manipulation, coercion and murder.
In recent years, people's attempt to trace their roots and fill in the branches on their family tree has been greatly helped by the website ancestry.com. There, one can search through a wealth of public records in order to find the who and the where of family origins.
Change our lives so that we reach out, and then we will come to know the deep peace that Jesus has brought into our world, into our lives.
We are coming to the end of the year when holiday celebrations overshadow the ongoing realities of war, poverty and violence. For a moment the good cheer (and good spirits) lighten our hearts and dull our worried minds. Life is good when it is celebrated with friends and family at Christmas and, in many ways, this time of celebration nourishes us for the New Year ahead. December 25 is like hitting the pause button on your computer or television and saying – Wow!
As far as we can tell, nothing in Scripture was written exclusively for cloistered religious. We assume our sacred authors had ordinary married people and their children in mind when they composed our biblical writings. The spirituality and theology expressed in them were meant to be lived in a real world populated by real people: husbands, wives, children, grandchildren, men and women who related to one another on a normal, human level. We especially must keep this in mind when we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family.