Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Today marks the end of the Christmas season. Jesus' baptism in the River Jordan signaled the formal beginning of His mission; His public ministry.

The Gospel episode ended with the description that as Jesus came out of the waters of the Jordan, the heavens opened up and a voice was heard saying "This is my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased ".

Success is a matter of doing. Significance is a matter of being. And since we are not human doings but human beings, it makes sense that our heart yearns for something more than just success. It yearns for significance—the significance of meaningful relationships, mission, and yes, affirmation. Success does not always lead to significance, but significance always leads to a deep sense of success. Like the voice from the heavens that affirmed Jesus in His baptism, every human heart longs to hear the words "in you I am well pleased.”

Isn't it a wonder why, according to studies, almost eighty percent of substance abusers are successful people, and almost fifty-five percent of these successful people end up committing suicide? Without meaning to pass judgment, could it be that significance was missing on top of their successes?

Do you consider yourself successful right now? With what do you measure your life--success or significance?

Prayer: At the sunset of my life, may You be well pleased with me, O Lord. Amen.

Fr. Dante


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