April 11 – Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

April 11th, 2014 | Posted by Sr. Mary Valerie Schneider in Uncategorized

“He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there.”  John 10:40 NRSV


Jesus was a marked man. He would have been arrested had he not “escaped from their hands.” Jesus went across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing. Perhaps he went to draw strength at the place where he was anointed by the Spirit and to hear in the water the echo of his Father’s words, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” In a sense, Jesus returned to his origins, the place where his ministry began. It was good to return after all the hassle of teaching, preaching, curing, and in the process upsetting the authorities. For whatever reason, Jesus returned to the water, and we imagine he was rejuvenated by the people who “came to believe in him.”

Sometimes we don’t think of Jesus as someone in need, but, fully human, he was needy. It was good to be believed; it was good for the Son of Man who had nowhere to lay his head to be “home.”

 When you need your spirit rejuvenated, what do you do? What is “home” for you? Lent is a baptismal season. Perhaps reflect on your baptismal promises. How have you lived your original commitment?

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