The Sunday Gospel for 19th January, 2020

We now enter Ordinary Time and so it’s back to green with the Chapel banner and my polo shirt and hoody! The gospel is John’s account of the baptism of Jesus!

One of the interesting aspects of this reading is that John recognises Jesus as someone very special indeed. Now, we need to remember that they were cousins so would certainly have known each other before this event. However, John seems to see Jesus in a new light!

Maybe you’ve had that experience! You’ve known someone for a while but then something happens and you see them differently. It can, of course, be both positive and negative.

Sometimes, when people face adversity they show a strength you never realised was there. Maybe, you see someone do something in Assembly and have never realised they had a particular talent. Perhaps, a post or comment on social media reveals something new about someone you thought you knew!

Why not be on the lookout for the gifts and attitudes of those around you this week? And if they reveal something new that you admire, tell them.

Loving God, we give thanks for our friends and the qualities we admire in them.

Help us to show appreciation.

We give thanks for those who think highly of us.

Help us never to disappoint them.

We give thanks for St. Julie’s example of serving others.

Help us to follow that example with much liberty of spirit.

We pray this in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN