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Is 10:5.9-11, Ps 104, Ti 2:11-14.3:4-7, Lk 3:15-16.21-22

Decisive Moments in Life

“…when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized..”

Lk 3:21

• In each of our lives there are moments in which we are expected to make very decisive decisions. Decisions which have to be made, could affect the rest of our lives or the lives of those around us.

• From the earliest stage of our childhood, we start to make decisions to our last moment of our lives.

• Decisions have to be made of the choices before us. Every moment of our life offers so many choices, and yet only one choice has to be picked.

• Many people experience moments which prove to be decisive turning points in their life. They reach crossroads where they are confronted with radically different choices. They are forced to make a fundamental decision after which their life will never be the same again.

Jesus knew of such moments in his life. Today’s Gospel present to us one of the most decisive of moments in the life of Jesus; – his baptism by John in river Jordan. This was a turning point in his life.

• Prior to this he had lived a quiet and secure life of a village carpenter in Nazareth. Suddenly after baptism Jesus left his old life and opted for a new one – that of

a spiritual teacher and healer to his brothers and sisters.

• From that moment on, his life would never be the same. He found himself and his real vocation.

• Most of us have known decisive moments that have proved turning points in our lives.

• From time to time, we need to look at the direction our life has taken. If we are not happy with the way things are going then we should try to change them. Are you happy with the way you are living your life today? Are there some things that need to be changed? Are you happy with the way you are living your Catholic faith? A decisive moment confronts you!

Joshua 24:15; “But if serving the Lord seems a bad thing to you, today you must make up your minds whom do you mean to serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” When confronted with decisive moments in our lives, may we make an option for God and not for the evil one, an option of serving God, just like Jesus did after his baptism at river Jordan.

• There are times when you cannot stand on the fence anymore; a decision has to be made; It is now or never, it is yes or no.

A decisive moment confronts you today


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