Get in Line with All the Other Sinners

#MyMassTakeaway for The Baptism of the Lord.

Jesus lined up with the rest of the sinners.

He wasn’t concerned about his image. He wasn’t afraid what other people thought of him.

He didn’t stand up and announce, “Just so you know, guys, I’ve never sinned.”

Jesus was willing to sacrifice his self-image out of love for us, to give us the gift of baptism, to make the waters holy for us.

It can be so hard when we feel others don’t see us for who we are. When they have misperceptions about us.

Sometimes we want to clear our name. We want to defend ourselves.

But in today’s Gospel, we learn that the truth speaks for itself.

All we need to do is remain committed to sacrificing ourselves for love of others. Just keep doing the right thing.

After Jesus’ baptism, God the Father cleared Jesus’ name. He revealed Jesus’ innocence, his divinity, the mystery of the holy Trinity.

At our baptism, God cleared our name, too.

And he continues to clear it with every confession. Just keep lining up with all the other sinners.

Don’t worry about your image. Don’t worry what others think of you.

Get in line to receive God’s mercy, forgiveness, and grace. Then get back to work loving others and loving God.

It’s only his opinion that matters anyway.

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Yesterday I did a retreat called “Joyfully Gifted” about discovering, and understanding, your charism. These are spiritual gifts that each of us have been given to use in the world. The list the retreat uses are based on those spiritual gifts mentioned in St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and Ephesians. I glanced at the list when I got there. Maybe Leadership was my gift – I tend to find myself in charge of things, without setting out to become in charge. Maybe knowledge – I collect information like a magpie collects shiny things. I knew what I could probably eliminate: prophecy was a solid “nope”. Intercession was unlikely – I would give my prayers a C grade for effectiveness. I answered the 100 statement inventory. As I was going along and adding up the boxes, I suddenly realized I had a standout category: Prophecy. Whaaaaa I think of prophecy being what Isaiah , Elijah, and all those Old Testament rock stars do – not what a mom of three kids does regularly. But then I looked a little harder at the definition of Prophecy as a charism and considered my life. Do I ever have times when there is a message I need to tell the world and it just bubbles out of me? Yup, that’s a big reason I got so thoroughly unpopular this past summer. Do I ever see the action God desires so clearly that nothing will dissuade me from it’s pursuit? That might be a why my family uses my name as a verb to mean “do what needs to be done, discomfort be damned!” I’m glad I did the inventory. It’s excellent timing as we hear about what kind of radical changes should come because of Jesus in today’s Gospel. Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts/charism inventory? What kind of insights did you find?

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Get in Line with all the other sinners

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great post

3 thoughts on “Get in Line with All the Other Sinners

  1. I love your closing words: “Get in line to receive God’s mercy, forgiveness, and grace. Then get back to work loving others and loving God.

    It’s only his opinion that matters anyway.”

    So very very true!


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