Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. ~ Luke 3:15
My firstborn was a Christmas baby. In 1976, ultrasounds were not routine, and today’s modern 3-D version didn’t exist. There was no big “reveal” party, and, apart from necessities, very little advance planning. The baby wore a Winnie-the-Pooh bunting for the drive home from the hospital, where a bassinet awaited.
During the pregnancy, all I could do was hold the idea of “baby” in my imagination as my waistline expanded and the love in my heart deepened. The moment I saw my son, his beauty and wholeness and life were more than I could take in.
Even modern technology could not have offered what I most wanted to know—who my son is. All the rest would have to unfold—Daniel’s personality, interests and accomplishments; the various ways he has touched the lives of others; all the many expressions of the very life of God through his life.
Today’s Gospel reading indicates that as humans, we long to know the Christ. The people around John seem to be held by this very question. As I heard one Ignatian spiritual director express it many years ago, “We want to know the One who is responsible for our mercy.”
Reflect: How do you know what you know? Observation? Research and information gathering? Emotional intelligence? Intuition? Gut instinct?
Journal: What do you know in your heart to be true? Of what are you uncertain? When you explore the interior of your heart, what do you find?
Practice: Think of a conflict you are experiencing. Make an inner image of the conflict until you feel the emotion of it. Attention is like a current. Move the current of your attention from the image in your mind, down the central line of your body, to the heart. Notice any changes. This is something you can practice at any time.
~ (adapted from Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness, by Robert Sardello)