We began two books of the Bible on this Week One of Ordinary Time: 1 Samuel and the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel, beginning with the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Samuel was an outstanding prophet who anointed King Saul and King David after the people begged God and Samuel for a king, someone who could lead the armies of Israel. Samuel was a child given to his childless mother, in answer to her prayers. In turn, she gave Samuel to the service of God in the Temple in the ritual of the Jewish people. Mark begins his gospel with the baptism of Jesus by Saint John the Baptist. It was the beginning of Jesus’ public life and mission near the Jordan River.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard sent a beautiful and inspiring letter to his sister Marianne, who was also his godmother. He recalled how she taught him hymns of Marseille, and devotions that helped him to pray. “It is the greatest day of my life,” he said. Marianne was a great influence in his life, especially after their mother died. Father Eymard prayed that both of them would “reach their goal” in heaven (Counsels for Spiritual Life p, 9-11).
Remembering the day of our baptism, as Father Eymard did, or on Easter, is a way of thanking God for the gift of grace and the beginning of our life in Christ. The Eucharist is the renewal of our baptism and our covenant with God. May we too achieve “our goal” in heaven.
Let Us Pray:
Thank you for my baptism. It is the most beautiful grace of my life. May I reach my goal with your help.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)