Spiritual Enrichment: January 2016
Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son in who I am well pleased.” Mark 1:11
On January 6th, we celebrate the Theophany of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. On this day we commemorate the baptism of our Lord and the revealing of the Holy Trinity. On the day of Theophany, we see that God the Father prepares Christ for His 3 years of ministry, and in the 30th year of His earthly life led Him to the River Jordan to be baptized by Saint John the Baptist. On this glorious day, God sent the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove. Descending upon this act in this form consecrated the baptism by the Holy Spirit. To complete the revelation of the Holy Trinity on this feast, God the Father speaks these words, “You are my beloved Son; with whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11) Therefore, all of the wonders of the Trinity were brought to us on this day.
Lord, when You were baptized in the Jordan, the veneration of the Trinity was revealed. For the voice of the Father gave witness to You, calling You Beloved, and the Spirit, in the guise of a dove, confirmed the certainty of His words.
(Excerpt of the Apolytikion of the Holy Epiphany of our Lord)
January being the first month of the worldly calendar, people use the opportunity to seek renewal and set goals for the upcoming years, often for ways in which to improve. I implore you to think of how often these goals correspond with our life in Christ. All things can be seen in the light of Christ, so we can connect him to all that we do in life; living our lives according to Him. The Church in Her wisdom offers us the blessing of the great feast of Theophany. On this feast, we are given the enlightenment of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. So let us all look to renew ourselves through the waters of the Jordan, and make new strides to glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Reading: Mark 1:9-11, Mathew 3:13-17
Prayer: Christ our God, in this New Year we pray for strength, discernment, honesty, humility and above all else, love. May each of our days be filled with eagerness and glory to You, so that we may be partakers of Your eternal light. Amen.
Our guest author is Alexander Kamilaris a first year seminarian at Holy Cross. He is a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh, NC. Alex has a strong love and passion for youth work and outreach ministry.