Brothers and Sisters:

“Now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb.” The Prophet Isaiah in the first reading today is speaking about events in his own time, but also, with his gift of prophecy, foretells the reality of Jesus Christ. Sometimes we stop at that point without realizing that this also speaks about our own reality: we also are formed from the womb.

All of history and all of reality comes from the loving hand of God, who loves us. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are completely involved in this love story for each one of us personally and for our whole human reality. God invites us to live completely. In order to live completely, we are invited to under stand how He created us, for what He created us and that His love for us is not burdensome.

The Gospel of John shows us this special relationship of Jesus and John the Baptist. The stories of the childhood of Christ in the other Gospels have indicated that Jesus and John the Baptist are cousins. Those Gospels have indicated that John the Baptist, even in the womb, somehow recognizes the role of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John is focused on showing us that John the Baptist recognized Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God.

My sisters and brothers, as we begin Ordinary Time, let us realize that this call of God to us must eventually consume every aspect of our life. It does not make us crazy. Instead, we actually begin to live a fullness of humanity that brings deep peace and contentment–and even normal ity–into our lives. Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Father Jesus