So this past week I was trying to live like Mary, with peaceful acceptance of what God is asking in each moment….but that got kind of upstaged by the constant thought that “any day is a great day to change your life!” that kept running through my head. Either way, I tried to start a few new things, one being exercise (we got to the class but it was full, but getting there was a heck of a lot closer than I have gotten in a long time! ) and the other being prayer, every morning, with my Love, offering our day up to God and having Saints, Scripture and the Spirit to learn from! Oh and I also have succeeded in finishing a book I was reading, completing a lot of back burner projects and making my way slowly through the Bible! Take that life – you’ve been changed! Now just to stick with it for another week!
This week on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, I found this picture of the event and made it my computer wallpaper.
I have found myself looking at it a lot, and although the Jordan river is hardly done justice. When I saw it, it looked like this
it still has given me a lot to think about. I will pass on to you what I thought were the more beautiful words the Pope spoke on that feast day:
above all I would like to invite you all to remember your own Baptism, the spiritual rebirth that opened the way to eternal life to us. May every Christian, in this Year of Faith, rediscover the beauty of being reborn from on high, from the love of God, and live as a child of God.
But Pope Benedict just can’t get enough of Christ’s incarnation, of His revealing himself to us, and in doing so, revealing His Father to us as well. During the Audience on Wednesday the Holy Father talked about the disciple Philip asking Jesus to show him the Father:
“He[Philip] asks to ‘see’ the Father, to see his face. Jesus’ answer is an answer not only for Philip, but also for us and leads us into the heart of the Christological faith of the Church; the Lord affirms: ‘Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.'”
The Holy Father goes on to say: “The whole of life should be directed towards encountering Him, towards loving Him; and, in it, a central place must also be given to the love of one’s neighbor, that love that, in the light of the Crucified One, enables us to recognize the face of Jesus in the poor, the weak, the suffering,” he said. “This is only possible if the true face of Jesus has become familiar to us in listening to His Word, in interior dialogue, in entering into this Word in such a way as to really encounter him, and naturally in the Mystery of the Eucharist.”
This photo is of a statue in Jerusalem that was made from the shroud of Turin. If the shroud is Christ’s, this is exactly what he looked like. (We got to see it before the museum exhibit was open, hence the bubble wrap)
So I feel like maybe I have a bit of a head start on this week just because I am a little more in the habit of prayer and Sunday means Mass!! Yay! I love spending some time before Sunday getting pumped for mass, hopefully it can keep building all weekend so by the time Sunday morning rolls around I can take advantage of the beautiful opportunity to be at the Sacrifice of the Mass!