Friday, November 30, 2018

St. Andrew and the Baptism of Jesus


Friday November 30th, 2018

Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle & Martyr

Today is the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle and brother of St. Peter.  In my book Rosary Meditations for Real Life I have a section that is devoted to viewing the 20 mysteries of the rosary through the eyes of different participants in those mysteries.  The Joyful Mysteries are seen through the eyes of St. Joseph.  The Sorrowful Mysteries are seen through the eyes of St. John.  The Glorious Mysteries are seen through the eyes of the Blessed Mother.

For the Luminous Mysteries I elected to view them through the eyes of various people.  Below you will find the First Luminous Mystery, The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, as seen through the eyes of St. Andrew whose Feast we celebrate today.  If you enjoy this brief meditation on this mystery, I invite you to download the entire set of Luminous Mysteries for free from our website.  It is delivered in a easy to use tri-fold PDF pamphlet.  Here you will see the Luminous Mysteries through the eyes of a servant at the wedding in Cana, a leper listening to Jesus' words of blessing, St. James with Jesus on the mountain, and even Judas at the Last Supper.  Copying and sharing is encouraged.

The Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan as seen by St. Andrew

I had been going to listen to John for a few months. I listened every time I had a free moment. My brother thought I was crazy and couldn’t understand why anyone would listen to a crazy preacher instead of fishing. 

John had been preaching about repentance for as long as anyone could remember. He had also been preaching about this person who was to come after him yet this person was before him. The story didn’t make much sense at the time. 

I was there when John baptized Jesus. John was standing in the Jordan as usual with the water flowing just above his knees. He was quite a sight with the camel hair cloak and long beard blowing in the wind. It reminded me of Moses preparing to part the Red Sea. 

As Jesus approached, time appeared to stand still. The sky was clear and there was not a sound to be heard. The river looked like glass with John frozen in its midst. Then I heard John say in a voice that seemed to echo throughout creation, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. Jesus entered the river and was baptized by John. My friend and I decided to follow Jesus to find where He was staying. He noticed us following and recognized us from the river and said, “come, and see”.  (based on John 1: 35-39)

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