Jessica Crim ’09 M.S.

Today’s gospel makes me think about recognition. How do I recognize the presence of God in my life? How do I recognize the presence of God in others? How do I recognize the presence of God in myself?

John the Baptist’s recognition of Jesus is definitive in today’s passage. John “saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.” John is the one who prepares the way of the Lord and gives testimony to him, so this is a pivotal moment in his ministry. John’s testimony assures us that Jesus is the Son of God but our journey in faith requires us to reaffirm that testimony on a daily basis. I try to see the presence of God in my children when they are being difficult. I try to see the presence of God in my colleague who is a very challenging person for me. I try to see the presence of God in myself when I feel that I’m not good enough and I’m filled with negative thoughts.

Today I give thanks for John’s testimony and for the incarnation of Christ. Jesus “became like us in all things but sin” and now I know that I have someone to turn to who experienced the challenges and trials of the human condition. In this reading, it is the Holy Spirit who reveals Jesus’ true identity and his relationship with the Father so I pray that the Holy Spirit will come to me whenever I am in need and show me the presence of Christ in the world, in others, and in myself.