As I read the readings for the Baptism, I was struck by the pared-down simplicity of Peter's words to Cornelius and his household. Describing the most amazing man he has ever met, whose life, death and resurrection had turned his own life completely upside-down, Peter eschews superlatives and hyperbole, and opts instead for plain words. Thus he sums up his public life saying God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. He went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. ~ Acts 10:38.
Extraordinarily ordinary words, to describe Someone both extraordinary and ordinary! As Pope Francis tweeted this morning: It is striking that the Lord spent most of his time on Earth living an ordinary life, without standing out. It is a beautiful message that reveals the greatness of daily life, the importance in God's eyes of every gesture and moment of life, even the most simple.
He went about doing good... and healing... for God was with him... That was at the core of Jesus' life and mission, and must be at the core of ours too. Even though, thanks to lockdown, we can't 'go about' doing good, we can still do good; still find ways, every day, to live our mission to love, confident that God is - and always will be - with us.
As we begin this most extraordinary 'ordinary time', what is the good we can do, the healing we are called to bring, and the love we can be and share, especially now, in these difficult and frightening times?