• Sarah Raad


God can do anything. Thank God! Thank God!

Baptism of Christ (Leonardo da Vinci)

Yesterday was a very long and tiring day for me. My husband needed me to help him with one of his projects, and I am honestly too old and too lazy for all the physical labour that was required!

He was rectifying some damage that had been caused by a water leak in a room. The water had been leaking from a shower for many years and only now – when the damage had become apparent – did anybody realise that the water had been there under the timber flooring at all.

While I was working with him to remove the old flooring, repair the walls and paint the room where the damage had occurred – after I finished questioning my life choices that landed me in this project, for which I am entirely unsuited – it occurred to me that water is very powerful.

Not only is water essential for life, but it has strength too…

A trickle of water over a brief time can cause damage that takes many days or weeks to repair.

A trickle of water over a slightly longer time can polish a stone.

A trickle of water over an even longer time can create a river.

A trickle of water through Baptism in an instant can merit salvation for all eternity!

Christ used water many times. The theme of water runs cyclically through the Bible, just as it runs cyclically through the water cycle that ensures that water is continually recycled through the water cycle – evaporating and condensing in endless patters…

When John the Baptist Baptised Christ he did so not to cleanse the soul of GOD from Original Sin because God has no sin, He is perfect!

John baptised Christ not to cleanse Christ – but to cleanse us instead! In baptising Christ – through the immersion of Christ into the water of the River Jordon – it was the water that was purified by God… not the other way around.

Now, that water and the Holy Spirit are used to make us Temples of the Holy Spirit through Baptism.

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, Heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from Heaven: ‘You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.’” (Luke 3:21-22).

But Christ also used water in other ways. His first public miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana – which we commemorate in the First Luminous Mystery of the Rosary – was to turn water into wine…

“What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.” (John 2:11).

Upon reflection, it occurs to me that there is great significance in this miracle. Water was changed into wine, and later wine was changed into the Body and Blood of Christ. I have long ago stopped believing in coincidences. There is a mystery for me to ponder here – there is a beautiful insight – if only I had the wisdom to see it clearly!

Christ’s power over water is profound – we see Him as God of the universe through his relationship with water. For He did not only bless the water and turn it into wine – He commanded the seas to be silent…

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:39).

And later, He defied the natural laws when He walked on water and His disciple, Peter, walked on it too!

“‘Come,’ He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” (Matthew 14:29).

Water is a powerful thing – but God is MORE powerful!

Water can change the world – with barely a trickle… For Love of Us – Christ controls that water – He blesses it and controls it!

This is so that we will have HOPE and so that we will know that for God – anything is possible.

How lucky we are!

For with prayer everything is clear. Here. At the Foot of the Cross.

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