Sunday, January 11, 2009

Baptism of the Lord

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 ( 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


Kimberly said...

In a way, I wonder if every action of outreach, every caring gesture, is itself an act of baptism or incorporation...making into one body. By our generosity and reach we say that we are committed to not let circumstance draw any of us too far away from the dignified body of a child of God, the body of God's family.

Together we hold one another when we shiver in those bodies, breathing warmth and bathing in love.

Monk-in-Training said...

What a powerful image your words weave with that photo!

Anonymous said...

The Baptism of John is for me an act of acknowledgement; the recognition of God's grace moving in another's life, the brotherhood of "Calling."