Down to the Jordan

Jordan River. pilgrimtoursofjordan.com

I didn’t plan to post until next Thursday, but I had a brief inspiration yesterday evening before falling asleep, so I took a few minutes to write it down. I’ll share it here, along with a (click here ->) wonderful Advent series.

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A friend of mine, Jordan Haddad, sent me this music video. I fell in love with it immediately, as did my family.

During Advent we will approach the Jordan River and allow St. John the Baptist to invite us again to hope in the Messiah who comes to save us from our sins.

Jesus.

There are times when I can see my own sins, failures and weaknesses with such a terrible clarity. Terrible, indeed. That night was so dark. Those are the times when I realize I can’t hide from man or from God, or from myself. I find myself faced with a fundamental choice: denial, despair or divine mercy. The first is unsustainable, the second is un-survivable, while the third is unlimited freedom.

I chose to be found. O Jesus, in the Jordan, here I am.

In the darkest night, when the air is thick, my lungs heavy and my mind weighted down with fear and shame, I say the 5 words St. Faustina gave to the Church, “Jesus, I trust in you.” So simple, so deep. I join Him down at the Jordan where He, All-Innocent, wades down into the muddy waters of my repentance to take up and away the sins of my world and bring me home. I seem to hear Him sing to me,

Settle down, it’ll all be clear
Don’t pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble—it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you’re not alone
‘Cause I’m gonna make this place your home

Thank you, God, for such costly hope. May I bear it with me.

This entry was posted in Liturgy.

5 comments on “Down to the Jordan

  1. Nos says:

    Ahh yes . . . As I used to tell my students in ccd class years ago . . . You can fool me ,you can fool fr. O’S——- .and even fool your parents but you can’t fool GOD . . . Thomas I pray your advent is filled with so much joy and to all who read your posts as well . . .P.B.W.Y.A.A

  2. Katy says:

    Tom, this is beautifully written. Thank you for writing, particularly during this busy time.

    Jesus.
    I chose to be found.

    And that song is just perfect. “We’re going to walk down to the Jordan just like Jesus did.” We have a friend there. We have a friend *here* (my wise spiritual director reminded me that there is no “there”, it’s all “here”, which is profoundly beautiful, especially in light of this post). Just like Jesus did: this evokes a feeling that He is my big brother, and I can easily and confidently go to the Jordan because he is there too. Thanks for passing the song along.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Yay, it’s the Catholic equivalent of New Year’s Eve! Means staying up to midnight to find all those purple and pink candles and advent calendars you shoved away last year and figure out how to put together a meaningful catechism lesson with fake greenery, artificial (fire code safe) candles, and ribbons. Forget the champagne and fancy dress, I’ll just have another coffee and cozy pajamas. I’m starting the party early, watch out!

    Aaah!!! I have to thank you for this humbling, repentant, and freeing reflection.
    This: “There are times when I can see my own sins, failures and weaknesses with such a terrible clarity. Terrible, indeed. That night was so dark. Those are the times when I realize I can’t hide from man or from God, or from myself. I find myself faced with a fundamental choice: denial, despair or divine mercy. The first is unsustainable, the second is un-survivable, while the third is unlimited freedom.” has rendered me totally ecstatic, thank you for helping me learn to bask in this truth. AMEN!

    I’m reading and re-reading tomorrow’s first reading, which speaks of that same denial of which you write:
    “Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,
    and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?”

    O, Lord, harden not my heart!

    Reading those last chapters of Isaiah and reading his hope is so heart-stirring, and then to know that indeed Christ would come, JOY! That he will come again! Confident hope!

    O Lord, grant that I may love you and then do with me as you will, this advent and always. Make us Christophers, bearing Him in the world for your glory and the salvation of our brothers.

    Thank you, Thomas, for breaking your radio silence for this! A blessed advent to all ❤

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