Reflection: 13th January 2019

A Reflection for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Lk 3: 15-22 ( )

When I read this Gospel it reminds me of the call to change. This is especially so if we accept baptism with faith and accept that God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit which transforms us in a very special way. I also think that there is a responsibility in this calling.

Being responsible is something that I have found a burden at times in my life. Young when we married and later blessed with three children who are now adults, my husband and I always tried to bring up our children as kind and loving people and, thank God, they are that. They live their lives very differently to how we did, because they had better opportunities, and the freedom to make their own choices. I suppose that they did this because they knew the love and support of both father and mother. So many people in society today do not have this knowledge and support.

We had to adjust our ways of thinking all through our lives and there must have been growth in this, but there were definitely times when I would have loved to have just been left alone. I didn't want to change. It was painful, and I resented it. Now as I grow older, I see the benefit of being aware of the call to change and to grow. To grow is to change often.

I remember once seeing a big Alsatian dog coming out of the sea at Bray; he just shook his whole body and the water went everywhere but did he look relieved and happy!

Maybe we too need to give ourselves a good shake and lighten up.

Trish Sherry – Trish is a Lay Spiritan Associate.