The good news for the day January 15, 2017

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: (64)

John the baptizer noticed Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, here is the Lamb of God, someone who removes the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I have said, ‘Somebody is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he has priority over me.’ I did not realize who He was, but the reason why I have come baptizing with water was that He might be made known to Israel.” John stated further in public, “I have seen the Creative Power come down like a dove from heaven and settle upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water has told me, ‘On whomever you see the Creative Power come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Truly Creative Power.’ Now I have seen and say publicly—that he is THE Son of God.”(John 1)

As you are familiar with the opening verses of Genesis, you appreciate the comments of the baptizer about Jesus. In those verses, the spirit is The Storm Wind, the Breath of God, the Invisible Power that brings the waters of chaos into order—Genesis imagines a great bird, warming the world into order by gently flapping wings over a nest of eggs, bringing them to life

In the Semitic language, “spirit” (ruah) refers to the wind which attends life-giving rain, the on-going breath that defines the life of the human body, the invisible power God breathes into each newborn person—as well as the invisible power that sustains the mystery of birds in flight. In the minds of ancient people might well have been the very ancient pagan view of the storm-bird deity-who brings order and fate into our world.

Jesus inaugurates a New Life. God assigns a “Holy” Spirit to Him—and thereby suggests a New Creation, a Fresh Start, a Different Destiny. For Him. For You. For Me. Out of death and chaos, out of despair and hopelessness—comes a rainfall with an April breeze. Now is the time. Now is the hour of salvation. Each moment this Powerful Spirit is creating order through you. Each moment you share the shaping of a New World Order.

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