The baptism of Jesus reveals the power of the Holy Trinity. As the Father calls Jesus his beloved Son, we recognize that through our baptism we are configured as sons and daughters of God, beloved children who are empowered to bring Christ’s light to the world.
The Lord reveals his compassion for the leper who begs to be healed in the Gospel today. May we trust in Christ’s merciful will for us in our need as we draw near to the one who longs for us to be made whole.
The Lord takes pity on the crowd and he nourishes them through teaching, compassion and food. Following his example, we are called to do the same as we help our brothers and sisters by building them up…body and soul.
While we all know the Magi who greet the Christ child with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, we can sometimes take for granted that the light they saw led them to action. While knowledge is power, it is useless until it is applied; may the wise men inspire us to put the gift of our lives in service for the Lord.