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Sunday, January 9, 2011
Baptism of Jesus
This Sunday we celebrate an important event in the life of Jesus; I think that Jesus lived an ordinary life and only had the kind of moments of inspiration that many of us have received from the Holy Spirit until the moment of his baptism. Then the Father spoke to him and acknowledged him as his beloved Son in whom the Father was well pleased. Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert for forty days; this retreat would help to clarify his mission and also to help strengthen him for the temptations that he would face. I feel very close to Jesus as I contemplate his leaving home, going to join the sinners waiting to be baptized by John, and then his meeting with John, his humility, and the resulting manifestation of the Trinity which revealed to Jesus his own identity. I like thinking of Jesus not knowing everything; he went to prayer much as we do--to allow the Father to love him, to respond to that love, and to discern what the Father wanted and how to give the Father's love to others. Well, these are just some of my thoughts on the mystery of this feast of the Baptism of Jesus.
Hello, my name is Helen Rosenthal, RSCJ. Those initials stand for Religious of the Sacred Heart in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Since my religious congregation began in France in 1800 and now is all over the world, we have kept the RSCJ. By now you know that I am not only known as Dr. Helen Rosenthal, but also as Sister Helen Rosenthal.
I am the oldest of four children. We were all born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We lived in a big house with a playroom on the third floor. On Sundays we either went to my paternal grandmother's house where her six children would gather faithfully for supper or we would have my mother's father and our great aunt and uncle for a roast beef dinner at home. In summer, I would go to the lake with my Dad and I still love to swim.