St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Baptism of The Lord, Year B (11 Jan 2015)

How does God work in the world?

1. As the rain and the snow come down from the heavens and do not return without watering the earth, making it yield and giving growth to provide seed for the sower and bread for the eating, so the word that goes from my mouth does not return to me empty, without carrying out my will and succeeding in what it was sent to do. (First reading)

God enters our life like rain waters the soil. Thanks to water the soil yields and gives growth. Thanks to the action of God in our lives He enters in us, changing us from within. So we are attracted and run to Him.

2. After the Lord was baptised, the heavens were opened, and the Spirit descended upon him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rests on you.’ (Gospel)

We can see this process in Christ. At the beginning of His public life, He opens His mind to God the Father. God the Fathers descends from heaven, beloved Him, enters in Him. We know the rest of the story, His life, His death, His Resurrection. All this is only the consequence of this first step.

3. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ has been begotten by God (second reading)

Do you believe that Jesus is alive, is among us right now? Do you want to follow Him? Then you are begotten by God. So we start to do His will and we become like His ambassadors in the world. If we are simply, tame, docile, obedient to Him, then He starts to work in us and, through us, in others. I see this in my life and in the lives of some of you. I am not saying that we are not to blame. We are fragile, we are sinners like the others. But opening our lives to Him, He enters and makes some changes. We become His instruments.

How does God work in the world? Through one who opens his/her life to Him. Do you see people among us whose life is changing? This is because they are joining the life of the community in an informal way.