On this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, as we conclude the Christmas Season, I am meditating on whether or not I am likely to hear these words spoken by the Father to Jesus at His Baptism when I stand before Him for my judgment. Following up on yesterday's meditation, I need to consider just what effect my Baptism had on me. If I am conscious of the obligations and responsibilities that come from being a child of God, then I can be hopeful that I will become one of those beloved sons and daughters in whom the Father is well pleased. But it takes a lot of work and a lot of practice. That is one reason I really love the phrase "practicing Catholic". Our entire lives are spent practicing how to be a worthy member of the family of God, and I need to keep practicing each and every day.
I am using this day to reflect on how I can become a better child of God, how I can live out my baptismal responsibilities in a deeper and more meaningful way. If I continue to try each day, I hope that one day I, too will hear the words “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17).
And I pray that you will hear yourself called a beloved daughter or son as well!