Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
The best part of the Christmas holidays was the conversation Christmas Eve during which my niece told my father about what she was doing in college. What made it great was not the conversation but the look of love and pride on my sister’s face as she watched my niece talk to our dad.
Sometime today, pause and close your eyes and see God look at you with the same look of delight that my sister Kathy had looking at my niece. Open your ears and hear God say to you: “You are my beloved child, my chosen one, with whom I am very, very pleased.”
—Peg Anderson, a partner in Chicago’s Fox Swibel law firm, is on the board of the Ignatian Spirituality Project.
Loving God, help us to trust we are loved by you, and thus empower us to accept your other sons and daughters, whomever they may be. Amen.