Gospel: Mk 1:7-11
He [John] preached to the people, saying, “After me comes one who is more powerful than I am; I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit.” At that time, Jesus came from Nazareth, a town of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And the moment he came up out of the water, heaven opened before him, and he saw the Spirit coming down on him like a dove. And these words were heard from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved, the One I have chosen.”
MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR
THOUGHTS, MY WAYS NOT
There are many incidents in the Gospel when Jesus illustrates that his thoughts and his ways are not those of his disciples or of the world at large. He taught the mothers of the sons of Zebedee the futility of aspiring for high positions near the seat of power. He chided his apostles for sending children away “for such is the kingdom of heaven”. He called Peter, “satan” for dissuading him from undergoing his suffering and death. In the washing of the feet, he demonstrated the main function of power which is service! If we are honest with ourselves we have to admit that we tend to think as the world thinks. So we sympathize with the elder son rather than with the Prodigal Son. We attend to agree with Martha in her complaint. We find it difficult to forgive and almost impossible to love our enemies. Truly becoming a true Christian is a gradual and sometimes painful process of transformation of our perceptions, of our judgments, of our values and attitudes. JESUS OUR BROTHER, TEACH US TO THINK LIKE YOU DID AND HELP US TO WALK IN YOUR WAYS.
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