John has been preparing the way of the Lord. And now Jesus stands in front of him. I picture both of them standing in the Jordan river.
Many times we imagine what it will be like when we stand in front to Jesus at the moment of our death. What would we say? What would we do? Would we stand confidently, or would we begin to tremble?
John is alive and standing in the river. Not exactly where we would think we would meet Jesus. But that is Jesus, He comes to us where we are. At home, at work, at play, He can meet us. And it is when we think we can’t find Him we know in our hearts He is with us.
When we lose a loved one, or lose a job, or a breakup in a marriage. Don’t lose your faith! These are the times to draw closer to Jesus. How do we do that? We can use today’s gospel.
We wade into the river, just like we do every day, not knowing what to expect. But allowing Jesus to enter our lives. That is what is important.
John started to balk at baptizing Jesus. But baptizing is what John does. And Jesus urges him to keep doing what he is doing. In difficult times that is what we all must do. Keep doing what we are doing and let Jesus come to us and repair and reconcile what is needed. He will, you know. He will be there.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and if the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen