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January 10th – “God made into flesh”

Scripture Reflection . . .

This Sunday the Church celebrates the Baptism of the Lord.  In the movie, Nativity, one of the wise men utters the words, “God made into flesh” as he gazes upon the new born Christ.  This is truly an astounding scene – the deep realization that the God of all creation chose to become the most vulnerable – a helpless infant, born in a stable, born in poverty, adored by shepherds and strangers.

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Perhaps God chose to become human so that we, as humans, could realize our divinity – made in the image and likeness of God!

As we celebrate Jesus’ baptism, recalling the voice from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3: 22), let us recall our baptism, whether as infants or later in life when the symbols of water, light, chrism oil, and a white garment were used to remind us of our true nature as God’s children.  Let us continue to listen to God’s voice share his love and plan for us.

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The First and Second Readings are filled with images of the loving care of God for God’s people:

Like a shepherd he feeds his flock, in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care (Isaiah 40: 1 – 11).

When the kindness and generous love of god our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done, but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit . . . (Titus 2: 11 – 7).

In Our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer . . .

How did we listen to the truth of who we are this past week?

In our celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany we enjoyed a spontaneous visit from the Magi reminding us  remain faithful to our call to follow the Star and share the gifts we have been given. One of our Sisters shared her gift of music and offered a candlelight concert in our Chapel that same evening.

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Magi at the candle light  concert
Magi at the candle light concert

The arrival of four college students who stayed with us for a brief service immersion experience during their winter break offered us time to reflect on the goodness of people and our desire to share God’s love with others.

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We welcome home another one of our Sisters after her month-long stay in Germany at our Motherhouse accompanying the many people seeking refuge there.  She will be the last of our Sisters from the American Province to return.  Thus, we are grateful that an individual in Germany accepted the position to continue the coordinated efforts of this most needed ministry. In her we see the response to her unique vocation.

And one of our Sisters in leadership started the New Year with some vacation time to be renewed in body and spirit for her unique ministry.

In Your Life . . .

If you have been baptized, what do you know of or recall from your own Baptism?

How does the belief that you are a child of God inform your life choices today?

In this Year of Mercy, you may wish to reflect on the scripture passage from Titus.  What does this passage inform your heart about God?

When the kindness and generous love of god our savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done, but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit . . . (Titus 2: 11 – 7).

Blessings on you and your week!

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