Before beginning your retreat, pause for a few moments and focus your attention on your breathing. Take several deep breaths. Be aware of God's loving presence within you.
And a voice came from the heavens, saying, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."
Which one of us cannot imagine how Jesus felt when he heard these words? Jesus had just been baptized by John. Now, filled with the Holy Spirit and convinced of the love of his Abba, his Father, Jesus was ready to begin his ministry. The heart of Jesus' mission was to reveal the intimate and unconditional love of God. It is through Jesus that we come to know the Father's love for us.\r\r\r\rAs followers of Jesus, we can be sure that we, too, are God's beloved children.
How do I feel about being God's beloved child?
What is my response to God's unconditional love for me?
(Speak to God using these words or others that come to mind.)
Loving God, thank you for sending Jesus to show us your love. Help me to remember that I am your beloved child in whom you are well pleased.