The messaged focused on the a gospel reading from Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 relaying how, while Jesus was in the water of Jordan to be baptized, the Holy Spirit descended upon him in form of a dove. "It shows that we are part of God’s creation and are to be saved and transfigured with creation,” said Sauca. “Following this narrative of the feasts and of their meaning, I would like to continue briefly asking what could be the spiritual message of these feasts and its importance for us today?”
We see the manifestation of God’s love for his creation, said Sauca. “We also see the in these feasts the meaning of the manifestation of God’s glory: laying in a manger,” he said. “Outside the city. Among animals. In the arms of a young, powerless maiden. Or in the waters of Jordan, with and among the sinners and outcasts.”
Not among the powerful and rich nor among the religious elite of his time, emphasized Sauca. “But at the periphery,” he said “The whole of Christ’s life took place at the periphery.”
WCC staff and partners attending the online service joined Sauca in praying as they start a new year and continue preparations for the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany in September.