Who, Me? Yes, You

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 01/09/2014

in Christmas

Baptism of the Lord–Cycle A
January 12, 2014

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.”
(Matthew 3:13)

Who, Me? Yes, You

John baptizes with water for repentance.
Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit.
The Father adopts humanity as his children.
The Spirit sets us on fire for mission and ministry.

Who, me? I become a prince/princess of the King of the universe!
Toddler to teen to adult to elder have been baptized with water and fire
to set the world ablaze with God’s love.

Please, God, no ash but sparks ready to be reignited after falling and failing.
Humbly ready to take up the mission of spreading the good news of the gospel.

Who, me? Yes, you.
Reborn into redemption,
Recognizing the face of Jesus in:
…The sick,
…The lonely,
…The dying.

Who, me? Yes, you.

Daily give hope by deepening the faith and love in hearts grown cold.
Like Jesus may we pray and live his words,

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.”
(Luke 12:49)

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. When were you Baptized?
  2. How do you celebrate this sacrament?
  3. Why did Jesus choose to be baptized?
  4. How does this make him more human?
  5. When do you find God affirming you as his child?
  6. What are your mission and ministry as a baptized Christian?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

maresa lilley January 9, 2014 at 8:14 am

Powerful poetry, Sister! From your local spark,
Sr. Maresa


Juliemarie January 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

Dear Local Spark, what a lovely name God has given to each of us! May you continue to be God’s bonfire of love. Jm


Anitra ssjd January 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Ah, Juliemarie….. you sure have the gift of words- marvelous little poem! Thank you… and Happy New Year ! Love Anitra


Juliemarie January 11, 2014 at 6:55 am

Happy New Year to you also. Thanks you. We felt a bit of Canadian cold this past week. Let’s keep our hearts warm. Jm


Sister Kathleen Tobin January 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Who me? I recognize the falling and failing, but wonder how I can be a spark? And where is the fuel to catch fire?
Thank you again for waking me to the message of the Sunday readings.
Sister Kathleen


Juliemarie January 11, 2014 at 6:52 am

Kathleen, fuel is found in prayer, sacrifice and service. You use this daily. You are more of a spark of love than you realize. Thank God!jm


Sr. Ellen January 12, 2014 at 9:41 pm

“Please, God, no ash but sparks ready to be reignited after falling and failing.”
This is my favorite line! What a deep, thought-provoking poem. It is so nice to see you publishing again! I miss being your “assistant”!


Juliemarie January 13, 2014 at 7:55 am

Dear Assistant, miss you and glad you liking the poem. Believe me the Holy Spirit is alive and well with these old ashes!


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