The reading for today is Matthew 3:17
And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."
A child’s relationship with his or her parents can be a complicated one. When we are infants, all we want is to be held and comforted. As we grow into teenagers, we tend to push away and want to establish a life of independence. Then we become adults of own. I don’t know about you, but the older I get the more complicated life gets and the more I wish I could lean on my parents for everything and soak up all they have to say.
The one thing that remains constant through our entire life, is that we all just want to feel loved. We want to belong to a family that will support you and stand behind you no matter what. We want to be claimed as part of a family and reminded that a parent’s love is unconditional and unwavering. This was especially true for Jesus, who had been born out of wedlock. He probably received much ridicule when he was younger about who his real father was. After his baptism, Jesus heard these words. He was claimed as God’s son and was assured that his father was well pleased with him.
Like Jesus, God speaks these words to us at our baptism. They are not based on what we have done. Rather, they are spoken because of God’s overwhelming and steadfast love for us. The Spirit continues to speak these words to us not only when we do something good, but during times of struggle, stress, self-doubt, persecution and despair. They remind us that no matter what, nothing can separate us from God’s love and that nothing we do can make God love us more or love us less. God’s love is unchanging.
Lord, thank you for claiming me as one of your children. Help me to find strength in your presence, even when I may be full of doubt. Amen
Karen DeMauro Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: For adopted children, that they may know how much they are cherished and loved!