Read: Matthew 3:13-17

The first time we meet John is in Luke’s Gospel when Mary goes to visit Elizabeth. John leaps in Elizabeth’s womb in the presence of Jesus.  In this Gospel John again recognizes Jesus. 

Do I recognize Jesus? 

I often wonder, was Mary there? Was his mom there to witness this moment in his faith journey? I imagine she was and that she may have even felt the presence of the spirit and heard the spoken words of God. 

When have I witnessed the faith of another and felt the presence of God?

Many artists have tried to capture the image of Jesus’ baptism – the holy spirit as a dove and a parting of the clouds.  Close your eyes and imagine yourself in that moment, a moment of conversion or renewal or revelation.  Imagine the spirit coming upon you and God speaking “This is my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased.”

How does it feel to know that you are beloved?

Patty Mayer, Director of Adult Faith Formation