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1 Jn 5: 5-13

Ps 147: 12-13. 14-15. 19-20

 

Gospel MK 1:7-11


This is what John the Baptist proclaimed: "One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."


It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

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When Jesus began his ministry he was about thirty years of age. He was the son, as was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda,
the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed,
the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon,the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

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When Jesus began his ministry he was about thirty years of age. He was the son, as was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

 

Known by the Fruits

 

It is simple psychology that genuine appreciation brings out the best from a person and contributes to his or her personality development and growth. Knowing that “someone cares” is a great motivator. Family members and community members, and leaders need to know that their contributions and efforts are appreciated and valued.

Many of us have seen the film, Taare Zameen Par. It is the story of a child who did marvelously well when a teacher with a difference started appreciating and encouraging him. Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary), an eight-year-old naughty kid is often scolded and scorned at by his teachers and parents for being poor in studies. His parents and teachers were unable to identify and appreciate the wonderful painter in him. Much against Ishaan’s wish, his father sends him to a boarding school, where whatever little glimmer of life’s joy that remained in Ishaan begins to fade away. He even turns his back to his passion for painting. But then comes a new arts teacher in the boarding school, Ram Nikumbh (Aamir Khan) who spots the silent and brooding Ishaan in class and starts appreciating the wonderful artist in him. As a result of the appreciation, encouragement and support Ishaan even surpasses his teacher in his favourite passion for painting.

When John the Baptist was asked by the people whether he was the Messiah, he made very clear his role to the people so that they might not have any confusion or misunderstanding. He was absolutely sure about his identity and role. He was humble enough to acknowledge that he was not good enough even to untie the sandals of the messiah. We understand from the Gospels that John the Baptist and Jesus had a very high level of mutual appreciation. Both of them spoke about the other very high. In Lk 7: 28 we read, “I tell you”, Jesus added, “John is greater than anyone who has ever lived”. John, who was preaching vigorously, calling people for repentance and conversion, quietly disappeared from the scene Jesus started his mission. In fact, he directed the people to go to Jesus. The collaboration and understanding between John the Baptist and Jesus in one and the same mission of salvation is an example for us in our day to day life. If our life and mission are to be meaningful and effective we too need understanding and collaboration with others based on mutual appreciation.

God has created each one of us unique in the sense that each person is unrepeatable and irreplaceable in the plan of God. Each one of us has to be convinced that a person exactly like me did not exist in the world, does not exist now and will not exist in the future. It means that I have a unique role to play in this world in the plan of God, irrespective of my status in the society. This understanding of oneself leads to better self image and a realistic self appreciation. If I am convinced of my unique role and identity I will not see the other person as a competitor but as one who complements me. Then it will be easy for me to overcome the feelings of jealousy and envy. This realization of mutual complementarities will pay the way for mutual appreciation, understanding and collaboration. If we cultivate the habit of appreciating others it will make us happy, besides helping the other person to grow and bloom.

Each one of us needs to feel appreciated. It is our human nature to be appreciated and being recognized for our accomplishments and achievements. It is so easy to take each other for granted. In the hurry of responsibilities and the pressure of getting things done, we often forget the importance of letting people know how much they are truly appreciated. It should be spoken or written.  It should be specific. It should express what we see or feel in a person rather than being an evaluation of him or her. Each one of us is motivated in different ways. We should express appreciation and give recognition on an ongoing basis, not just once a year.

Jesus went to John to be baptized. He was baptized: the water flowed over his head. God’s Spirit came over him in the shape of a visible dove, and the voice was heard, “You are my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” -An appreciation from his Father in front of the public. 

Jesus has said that a tree will be known by its fruits. One of the fruits of a spiritual person is generosity in appreciating others and collaborating with others. Let the example of Jesus and of John the Baptist inspire and motivate us to practice the art of appreciating and collaborating with others for mutual benefit and for the benefit of the society in general. 


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