Gospel: Jn 1:29-34
The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “There is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! It is he of whom I said: A man comes after me, who is already ahead of me, for he was before me. I myself did not know him, but I came baptizing to prepare for him, so that he might be revealed in Israel.” And John also gave this testimony, “I saw the Spirit coming down on him, like a dove from heaven, and resting on him. I myself did not know him, but God, who sent me to baptize, told me, ‘You will see the Spirit coming down, and resting on the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ Yes, I have seen! And I declare that this is the Chosen One of God!”
WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN
What is the meaning of being a child of God? Children are supposed to have some likeness with their parents either physically or intellectually or in some subtle mannerisms or ways of speaking or doing things. God is first of all CREATOR. Creativity is therefore a sign of being a child of God. For me one of the greatest expressions of creativity of human beings is a woman giving birth. When a woman gives birth, she is most like God. A mother is the only one who can literally say when she looks at her child in
her arms: THIS IS MY BODY, THIS IS MY BLOOD! Of course giving physical birth is not the only creative activity of human beings. We give birth in many ways — to a painting, to music, to inventions, to a story, to any work of art. Every creative act proclaims the greatness of the Creator! When we nurture somebody, even if we did not give physical birth, we create a good person. And that is the other trait of our Father — his INFINITE GOODNESS. And so everytime we do good to others, when we make someone feel loved, appreciated or cherished, we are exhibiting a family trait. WE ARE ACTING LIKE CHILDREN OF GOD.
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