And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with Whom I am well pleased.’ (Matthew 3:17 NRSV).
In a world where it seems that everyone is so critical and suspicious of each other, it is so wonderful to know that our God views us very differently.
The manifestation of Christ which is what we celebrate in this Season of The Epiphany also means revelation. In the Baptism of Christ, Jesus goes an extra step forward. Following Jesus’ Baptism, God says, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with Whom I am well pleased.”
In Jesus, God takes on human flesh and reclaims our broken humanity. We are renewed in body, soul, mind and spirit. When God says that Jesus is God’s Beloved with Whom God is well pleased; God is saying that so are we who share in the mystery of our redemption in Christ. In and through Jesus, we too are God’s Beloved, with Whom God is well pleased.
What wondrous words to spend time in silence and contemplation with. We don’t need to talk very much. What we need is to ponder with Mary in our hearts, that God is here among us and claiming us as God’s Beloved, and with us, God is well pleased.
Do you see yourself as God’s Beloved, with whom God is well pleased?
Brother Anselm Philip King-Lowe, OSB
“In his goodness, God has already counted us as God’s children.” (The Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue).