Who do you think you are

Each of us has a geneology, a family tree. In my own family tree there are famous and infamous characters, ordinary people and extraordinary people. They each have had an influence on me and who I am today, either consciously or intuitively. The Gospel of Matthew begins with the geneology of Jesus in much the same way bringing into his family tree many of the Old Testament individuals and their stories such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and Solomon, and finishes with Joseph of the Gospels, “husband of Mary”. Our ancestors and their stories to a certain extent explain who we are today and where we belong in the world.
Over the Easter season the Gospels give us a deeper insight as to who Jesus is and where he came from, not in the genealogical or geographical sense that was proclaimed to us at Christmas but from individuals such as Thomas proclaiming “My Lord and My God” and from Jesus himself letting his disciples recognise him in the Scripture stories and the breaking of bread at Emmaus. Jesus is also very specific in describing himself: “I am the gate of the sheepfold” and “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”. When God revealed himself to Moses in the Old Testament he said “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14) so when the Jewish people around Jesus heard him making “I AM” statements they would have known instantly that he was relating himself to God.
This week we mark the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord into heaven. The day also marks 40 days since we began to celebrate the Resurrection and we have 10 days left before the Easter Season comes to a close on the Solemnity of Pentecost.
At the Ascension Jesus gives a clear commandment to his disciples to baptise “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. We hear in the Gospel today the same baptismal formula that brought each of us into a unique and special relationship with the Risen Lord. By Baptism we are embedded ever more deeply into the family of God. By Baptism we are called into a relationship of trust and love that exists between God and each of his children (Romans 8:15 and Gal 4:6) By Baptism we are plunged into the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, what we now call the Paschal Mystery. Baptism gives a new and everlasting geneology as a member of God’s family, the ties of which cannot be broken or reversed, such is the unconditional and steadfast love the Risen Lord has for each of us!

Jackie Williams

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