In baptism our whole life begins anew. The new name we receive is a reminder of our new identity, one where we are saved by the “bath of rebirth and renewal.” Whatever came before pales in comparison to what will come next with Jesus.
"It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, 'We have found the Messiah,' which is translated Christ. Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, 'You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Cephas,' which is translated Peter.” – Jn. 1:39-42
The journey of figuring out and living out one's calling and purpose is a journey of a lifetime.
“Children, it is the last hour…” – 1 Jn 2:18a "What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." - Jn. 1:3-5
In Christ we have been given Life, to be the light of the human race. It is this light that shines through the darkness and shall not be overcome. It is also the small spark of hope knowing that, with God’s help, tomorrow can be a little brighter.
“Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod... ” – Mt. 2:13-15, 19-23
Family life is hard. Yes, the love and the sacrifice in a marriage that mirrors Christ's self-giving love to the world is beautiful. But that beauty is sometimes hard to see in the midst of the endless cycles of laundry-folding and dish-washing.
“Beloved: What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life … we proclaim now to you…” – 1 Jn 1:1, 3a
“When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” – Mt. 10:19-20
I’ve found that it is the who that is most important. They are the people accompanying me in this journey.
"What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” - Jn 1:4-5, 9
Faith calls each of us to move towards the light even if the direction is difficult.