My Dear St. Bernadette Family,
We follow “Ordinary Time” for seven weeks now and will return to it after we have observed Lent and celebrated Easter. Although today’s gospel is from John, throughout most of the year ahead we will be following Jesus through the Gospel of Matthew. Through beautiful allusions to Old Testament prophecies, Matthew will show us that Jesus is the promised Messiah.
This is a great opportunity for us this year. Think of any relationship you have with someone. What a difference a year can make, especially if you spend time with that person, get to know them better, listen to them intently and decide to really love them.
We start with John the Baptist identifying who Jesus is and pointing to Him for us. “He is the Son of God!” John testifies. Isaiah, in today’s first reading adds, “I will make you a light to the nations.” Our journey of discovery of Jesus is not just our journey, but the potential is there to touch the lives of many and bring His light into the whole world.
This then, can be an exciting journey of faith, as we discover and share Jesus. He comes to heal and give life, to instruct and lead, to call and send forth. Let’s journey together as each week we discover that while we are searching for Him, he is also searching for us and desires to be much closer to us and through us to the world.