Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

January 9, 2011

Lesleigh Ailts

Pharmacy Student

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Is 42:1-4, 6-7
Ps 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
Acts 10: 34-38
Mt 3:13-17

When I look around my room, most of my wall space is covered in pictures, which for me represent moments of joy captured with a click of a button. I will never have the opportunity to return to those same times, places, or instants, but through the photographs stimulating my memory, I can remember the sleepover with my high school friends where we had matching pajamas, the volleyball game with my closest friends, and many other blessed times. To learn about my passions and me, you have only to look at these frames to begin to understand who I am.

However, Jesus’ story is different. Those rehearsed Kodak moments weren’t possible in His time, but we have, I believe, an even greater gift in the Bible which still allows us to recreate and remember His memories. One of the first times I recreated a Bible passage in my mind was with Gospel reading of Jesus’ Baptism. Instead of just reading the passage, I reflected in my mind on the events happening, the people present, and everything taking place. I filled in between the lines and formed my own scrapbook pages of this meaningful time in Jesus’ life. And how true this Baptism is. It is the first time in the Gospel where the Blessed Trinity is present. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit distinctly placed in the moment, signifying what humanity came to realize more fully with each moment Jesus was alive….He was the Savior, the long-awaited King promised for ages.

Jesus is not the stereotypical king, who is defined by his time and ours. Instead God, even in the beginning, had His Son’s path prepared to be a King unlike anyone had ever seen….a King of Failures (ponder on this phrase…it’s a song entitled by Remedy Drive…so good!) This King who was to rule the universe was“not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street." He would not be the pompous arrogant man who had everything and controlled all people simply because of His status, but this King would find power in strengthening peoples’ weaknesses, preaching about unheard principles, and loving those who had never experienced such dignity and respect.

Advent, our season of hope, is completed, we have celebrated the birth of Jesus, and now we continue another year in our faith journey. Let's take the time to learn about Jesus and His life, guided by the Holy Spirit, so that we may emulate Him more and understand why He is our king.

***Today is a gift. Live it like that. ****

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