Jesus rises from the waters of John’s baptism. Needy for the waters that stream from him, we raise our simple towels to his Body to learn hope and compassion.
Project Hope (www.prohope.org) is a multi-service agency at the forefront of efforts in Boston to move families beyond homelessness and poverty. It provides low-income women with children with access to education, jobs, housing, and emergency services; fosters their personal transformation; and works for broader systems change.
This Christmas season, which closes today with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Project Hope received a request from a mother for towels for her family. We are probably all of us aware of a time in the past six weeks when we made a shopping trip with a difference. With a prayer for God’s blessing in the lives of two particular friends, I was happy to do something simple and see that bath towels, hand towels and face cloths were delivered to that mother through my local parish.
Baptism of the Lord, Tapestry by John Nava, in the Los Angeles Cathedral