Before beginning your retreat, pause for a few moments and relax. Pay attention to your breath. Be aware of the loving presence of God within you.
"He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire."
This promise spoken by John the Baptist refers to Jesus, who has not yet made himself known. John is baptizing with water, but the One who is to come has something greater. John is preparing the way for Jesus to reveal himself as the One sent by God. At our Baptism, we were empowered and sent and given a mission. Filled with the Holy Spirit, we are sent to proclaim the love and forgiveness of God with our lives.
How aware am I of living out my Baptismal call?
In what situations in my life might I be called to prepare the way for Jesus to be made known?
(Pray using your own words or the following prayer.)
My Lord and my God, give me the insight and strength to hear and follow your call in my life.