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.

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Embarrassing Confessions: How to Leave the Past in the Past

How to reduce the anxiety caused by digging up memories of your most embarrassing moments.

To my 10-year old brother, it was a funny question.  “What is your most embarrassing moment?” he asked, “Mine is when I asked my friend to marry me and she said no.”  His thin frame shook in laughter.

I tried to think of a moment to share.  As I sifted through the memories, I felt my heart beat faster  and the heat rise to my cheeks .  Each new stupid thing I had done spun me further down the vortex of anxiety.

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How to Dress Up for Christmas: A Spiritual Guide

Prepare your heart for Jesus’ coming on Christmas. This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. If you buy through these links, I make a small percentage at no extra cost to you.

I could barely see his wide eyes through the gap between his hat and scarf.  They had a look that pleaded, “Please, can we get back in the car?”  My three year old was bundled with so many layers he could hardly move.

No, he couldn’t move at all.  Because even with all those layers, he was frozen in place.

I scooped him up and trotted to catch up with my husband.  He carried the one year old who had snot covering her from her nose down to the collar of her jacket.

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