John's Gospel has seven signs, this is the first. The miracles are called signs because they are meant to teach of more about the mystery of our Salvation in Jesus Christ. Hear we learn that our salvation is because our Maker had married us, and delights in us as a bridegroom delights in his bride. Wow, God could have remained in heaven and waited for judgement, but He chose instead to send His Son, to join marry us, making us members of His Family! Wow! I wonder if someone should have warned God that we are going to break His heart many times! Let us recognize the great gift we have and surrender to God's Love in a relationship that transforms us.
Did Jesus have to be Baptized to be saved? No He was baptized for our salvation. Christ is the first sacrament; a divine reality present in our physical world. Christ institutes the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist for us to share in His divine life, to be members of His Body, His Church.
God reveals Himself through creation, scripture and tradition, but also by divine intervention, until we come to recognize and adore Jesus as God, offer him our lives, and allow that encounter to change the path of our lives. It is hard finding the light to follow as the Magi did, sometimes it is in the darkest night that we see the stars more clearly. The darkness in our lives can help to focus us on what is most important, the journey to follow God.
Holiness is not perfection. Perfection is a fruit of holiness, but holiness is formed in imperfection. God is a family. Jesus was born a person, but also into a family. We are relational, and in relationship we grow. The goal of our families is to be holy, in relationship with others giving of ourselves for the greater good. Each in the family, has a role to play. So does God, if we center our family around Him.
Often we say Happy Holidays, to leave God out of Christmas. But try as we might, there is no avoiding our God who loves us and has joined himself to us forever in Christmas which means Christ's Mass. Mass is the perpetuation of Christ's Incarnation, life, death and Resurrection, so since we celebrate the Mass everyday, everyday is Christmas. Let us live every day this year as if it were CHRISTMAS!