Baptism of the Lord (C) 2019

You will all remember how, at some time or other, when you were able to help someone, the great feeling of fulfilment and accomplishment that you experienced.
The reason is that you are created in the image and likeness of God and it is in your nature, it is deeply imbedded in you, to act like your Creator. God is love. Love is giving, being of service to the beloved. You are made to be like God – to be of service to others, to love, and that is why being able to help another person gives you such satisfaction and fulfilment.
On the other hand I pass by on the other side when I see someone in need of help and I spend the rest of the day feeling not quite right and thinking of excuses to justify my action. Again, the reason is because I have gone against the God given inclination to help, to serve.
True happiness in life, true fulfilment, true contentment, comes from willing giving, willing service to others.
“Jesus summoned them and said to them, You know that those who are recognised as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt.
But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
“You call me teacher and master and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
In the Old Testament prophesies regarding the coming Redeemer he was described as ‘the suffering servant.’
Jesus of Nazareth was the suffering servant. This does not mean that he was not also joyful and happy. Much of his joy and happiness must have resulted from helping others, from being of service to others.
Human beings spend a lot of time seeking happiness. They travel to far places seeking fulfilment. They spend a lot of money seeking meaning, understanding and contentment. Never realising that all this seeking is available to them right where they are and among the people they know and meet every day.
It is so simple, so available, that we completely overlook it.