|John "giving in" to "what must be done to|
fulfill all righteousness."
In some ways, the way yesterday's Gospel ended teases us to ask questions about God's fatherhood: what kind of fatherhood are we talking about? If Jesus is the "beloved Son" in whom God is "well pleased," where are we? I can't speak about anyone else, but there is a whole lot in me that can't be all that "well pleasing" to God. And yet St Paul insists that we are "in Christ," grafted into the well-pleasing Son. God never sees me without seeing that Son "who loved me (me, by name, personally) and gave himself for me" (Gal. 2:20).
But wait! There's more!
God sees the whole picture; the finished story, and he says, "You--yes, you--are my beloved, in whom I am well pleased." (In a way, it is the divine form of the virtue of hope!)
- Pope Francis started a series of talks on Baptism! Read his talk from last week ("A Date to Remember") and look for more to come, each Wednesday.
- Look up the date of your Baptism and find a way to celebrate it: how about doing something extra special each month on the recurrence of the date?