“Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God!” Now that we have successfully passed through another wonderful Christmas installment of the mystery of life and love, it comes now the time to put into action all that we have learned in 2021, the ups and certainly the downs, and clearly start our soul’s engine and truly make something worthwhile of 2022. Today’s wonderful Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus invites us to do exactly that! How do we begin? The First reading makes it clear. If we want something good in this life, we start searching for the source of all goodness, who is GOD.
“He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” Our search will necessarily bring us to the ultimate fulfillment of God’s plan in the person of Jesus Christ who is baptized today, making holy all Baptismal Water used upon all of us when we were brought through the water into the hope of everlasting life. “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
In this bold new year of 2022, why don’t we consider adopting for ourselves a sort of “mission statement” straight from the Scriptures of this very awesome day? Just as the Lord Jesus, let us commit ourselves to spend the rest of this year “doing good and healing” whenever we can and whenever possible. We could ask ourselves at the end of each day, “how have I been an instrument of healing today?” Can you imagine the possibilities? Jesus already has.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson