What does it mean to be loved?


The theme of this week is “beloved” which helps us reflect on the Gospel reading from this week which had a focus on the Baptism of Jesus.

What can we take from this and how can it mean something for us today? I think there might be two poignant aspects of this for us.

  • In the Gospel account we hear how Jesus is revealed as the Son of God as God says, “This is my Son with whom I am well pleased”… it marked the start of Jesus’ public life and mission and revealed him to the world. His message was full of good news and was for all people rich and poor, young and old, Jews and Gentile. In the turmoil and tragedy of the Paris terrorist attacks of last week maybe this has a renewed meaning for us. For Christians, Muslims and Jews we have a shared tradition, teaching and heritage. It is an important opportunity to focus on this unity rather than highlight division. The Gospel message is of love and forgiveness but we also pray for peace and unity in the world.
  • The other aspect that struck me was what does it mean to “be loved” and chosen in some way. All of us need the affirmation and feeling of being loved in our lives. What can we do living as a community to ensure everyone feels known, loved and cherished in this way every day in some small way? We also are challenged to think about how we are chosen in our lives. What is God’s plan for each and every one of us? One of the joys of teaching and being part of a school community is walking alongside young people as part of this journey of discovery. It is when we find the “right plan for us” that we can feel happy and fulfilled in our life in a meaningful way.

So let us all pause for a moment this week to remember Jesus’ message for all people, especially thinking of the need for love and forgiveness. Let us pray to feel chosen, cherished and loved in our lives and listen to God’s call for us all.

God bless.


Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness only light,
And where there’s sadness ever joy.

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console.
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.


One thought on “What does it mean to be loved?

  1. Thank you for your inspiring thoughts.I found a postcard that says ‘Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire” – that makes me think……

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