January 14, 2020
The Church has returned to Ordinary Time this week after the celebration of the wonder of Christ’s birth, his revelation to the nations and the relationship with the Father that he opened his heart to at his baptism in the Jordan.
The readings during Ordinary Time focus on God’s people being sent forth into the world to proclaim the Good News that Christ has come among us. The Spirit that rested on Jesus at his baptism that called him forth to build his kingdom is the Spirit we have been given in baptism to further that mission that he left us.
The Prophet Isaiah in the first reading hears that Spirit within him calling him to be that prophet to bring people’s hearts to God and to trust in his love. He proclaims:” Before I was born, the Lord appointed me; he made me his servant to bring back his people and to bring back the scattered people of Israel. The Lord is the source of my strength,”
In the gospel, John the Baptist comes to understand his role in preparing the people’s hearts so that they may recognize the Christ when he comes. He witnesses the Spirit resting on him at his baptism and truly points him out.
Each of us through our baptism are witnesses to the saving power of God. When our hearts are attuned to the wonder of his love, then we too like Isaiah and John, may go out and proclaim the presence of Christ by leading others to turn to him for hope, strength and healing.