A lovely story from the life of Saint Pope John XX111 illustrates something of what Jesus did at the Jordan. Pope John was visiting the Regina Coeli prison in Rome. But when he saw the sad and broken prisoners before him he felt a lump in his throat and he was unable to deliver the speech which he had prepared. Eventually he began to speak to them from the heart and said ‘Men, I have come here today to put my eyes into your eyes.’ This had an extraordinary effect on the prisoners. Years later one of the prisoners in an interview on TV described how he had been liberated that day. 

Saint Pope John XX111 had stepped into the river of the prisoners’ condition and reminded us of the way that Jesus stepped into the river of our human condition and freed us from all that is not of God.