Our sick-list is in need of updating. From time to time parishes update their sick list in the weekly bulletin for several reasons: due to space, current status due to death (office not notified), move from the prayer list to shut-in list, etc. With your help in bringing our prayer list up to date, beginning with the bulletin of January 17 all names will be removed. So this week, please inform by email or calling the office to add your name, a family member or loved one. Your help is greatly appreciated!
“You are my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased” Mark 1:7-11
Imagine that we were with Jesus and heard a voice from heaven say those words. How would we react? If we accepted that the voice was God, what would we have thought about Jesus? Jews, particularly the Pharisees, Levites, Sadducees and scribes, would have been aware of the Old Testament references about God as Father and the Anointed One as Son [II Samuel 7:12-14 and I Chronicles 17:13]. They obviously did not accept Jesus as the Son of God and pursued him to his death. Do we believe Jesus is the Son of God? If so, how is that belief reflected in our lives? Do we imitate Jesus and feel confident that God is telling us “You are my beloved child, with whom I am well pleased”? As parents, do we frequently tell our children how beloved they are and that we are well pleased? We certainly must correct and discipline them when they do wrong, but do they often hear us say, “I am proud of you.” Do we say that to others? Imagine a world in which everyone was doing that. God would be so pleased with us.