Today, according to the traditional church calendar is the Feast of the Baptist of the Lord Jesus. Not something that gets recalled a lot in (ironically enough) my Baptist circles. However, I love this story and especially the rendering in Matthew 3. Go and read it today and then click over the today's very important post at the iBendictines blog. Here's a quote:
iBenedictines: "It is a reminder that life is not to be measured in length of years or in achievements, as we usually consider them, but in fidelity to vocation. The Baptism of Jesus marks the point where he definitively accepted the public phase of his mission, but there was no denial or denigration of what had gone before. The ‘hidden years’ are just as important for our salvation as the last three.
Each one of us is a vocation, called and chosen by the Lord to live in this particular place, at this particular time. Everything we do is, potentially at least, a means of attaining the holiness to which we are called. That knowledge is both a great freedom and a great responsibility As we celebrate the baptism of the Lord, let us ask his help in rededicating ourselves to his service — in the way that he chooses rather than the way we would choose for ourselves."
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