Sunday, January 12, 2014

Loved by the Father

"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased." - Matthew 3:17
Are these the words we hear when we are baptized? Are we also able to hear that God is pleased with us? Does our new identity in Christ help us to listen and hear what God wants to say to us?
I was on retreat once. A five day silent retreat. I was in the chapel one day, praying silently and I heard within my heart these words: "You are my beloved daughter in whom I am well pleased."
I thought that I had imagined it and continued praying. I then noticed that the Bible was open. I went to see what scripture it was open to and there was this reading.
I am surely not perfect. Far from it. But God is not saying that he loves us when we are perfect. He says he is well pleased with us just the way we are. We are His children. His creation. He is our Father.
That is enough to know. In fact, it is everything.

Father in heaven, thank you for your love. Thank you for creating me, your daughter. May I always be mindful of your great love, made known to me through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.

8 comments :

Michael said...

Happy New Year and God Bless you, Colleen.

Colleen said...

Thank you Michael! Happy New year to you too!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Thanks for these thoughts. I am not well-pleased with myself so I never thought God would be well-pleased with me. Maybe because we are working on doing His will even as we fail often, that is pleasing to Him.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful reflection! We all need to remind ourselves of how much God cherishes us.

Happy new year!

Evan

Colleen said...

Barb, we are like little children, learning to walk. We fall down quite often but God is there, helping us to get up. Again and again. :)

Colleen said...

Evan, thank you! I was just thinking of you the other day! God bless and happy new year!

Joann / Lioness said...

True and lovely thoughts, beautifully expressed, Colleen.
Pope Francis has been reminding the world that God has a special love for the poor, the hungry, the broken, the naked, the leper, the blind and the lame. Scott Hahn had a revelation at mass one day and rejoiced realizing that meant all of us.

Colleen said...

Joann, oh wow. Thanks for sharing that. So true but I need to ponder it awhile.
God bless!