January 12, 2020. I Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A. The Baptism of the Lord (Mt 3:13-17):
Christmas is over and a New Year begins. It is time for good resolutions and wishes. The phrase we have repeated the most during these last days has been “happy new year”. Wishes for others and for ourselves. But how can I be happy? What am I willing to do?
Someone wrote that happiness is not the goal, but the journey. It is reached by what we do and how we do it. The satisfaction of a job well done is what brings us happiness.
On this Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. The beginning of his public life, of the realization of his mission. St. Peter tells us that “he went about doing good and healing those who were possessed by the devil, because God was with him.
After being baptized he is declared Son of God and anointed with the power of the Spirit. Just like you and me after our baptism. He carries out his mission as announced by the prophet Isaiah, based on peace, humility, justice and love.
How can I bring this to life, if I am a follower of Jesus? In the family, in the community, at work, with friends?
When 2020 ends, will it have been a happy year?
Juan Ramon Gomez Pascual, cmf