Today, we celebrate the Confession of Peter. It’s also a great time to celebrate God’s confession of faith – his faith in you. In the quiet of this night, in the quiet of your prayers, ask Jesus that same question about you: “Lord, who do you say that I am?” And I believe that he is longing for you to hear and to know in the very depth of your soul, that “You are my beloved, in whom I am well pleased!”

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near!” Jesus is not simply announcing the time. Rather, it is Jesus himself who fulfills the time, both in his words and in his full humanity.

-Br. Jonathan Maury, SSJE

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Jesus abandoned himself to the divine providence. God – the God whom Jesus called “Father” – would make of Jesus’ life what God chose, as God chose, when God chose. Jesus and we are simply called to be available.

-Br. Curtis Almquist, SSJE

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In his baptism, Jesus began to discover who he truly was: the beloved Son of God. It is no less true for us. Baptism, and the renewal of our baptismal promises, is not some empty ritual. It is a solemn declaration of our identity as God’s beloved daughters and sons with whom God is well pleased. And in knowing who we are, and whose we are, we discover why we are: I have been marked for mission!

-Br. James Koester, SSJE

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A serious, adult sensibility can be stifling. As Savior, Jesus names us beloved children. A childlike freedom, perspective, and belonging furthers our salvation. In this new year, listen for God’s invitations to step out and risk, to look low, and to relax into love.

-Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE

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Some­times the word of God to us in a particular situation is not quite the message we were hoping for. We don’t get the feeling from read­ing their stories that Moses was thrilled when God named him the new leader of Israel, or even that Jesus himself embraced his call without dreading what it would demand from him. And yet, with every challenge there comes a promise; with every call there is an assurance of God’s strength present in our weakness.

-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE

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All through his life, Jesus needed, day by day, to touch base with his Father to re-establish and strengthen his deepest knowledge of who he most truly is. He needed to hear every day those divine words spoken at his baptism: “You are my Son, the beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” And of course, if that is true for Jesus, it is even more true for each of us.

-Br. Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE

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Epiphany is a time of revelation and awareness of Jesus as God Emmanuel: “God with us.” Observe how God is working in you and through you. If you’re unsure of how God is manifest in your life, then make that your prayer. Ask Jesus for a star to guide you and to shed some light in your life.

-Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE

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