Monday, January 2, 2017

Reflection: John 1:19-28

Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops - John 1:19-28

The reading today shifts the focus from Jesus to John the Baptist. Today John is being questioned by some of the priests and Levites. They come and ask him: “Who are you?” John bluntly tells them that he is not the Christ.  Immediately the priests and Levites then ask him to tell them who he is. They ask if he is Elijah; or is he “the One who is to come.”

John clearly tells them that his role and mission is to prepare the way for the Christ. However the priests are not satisfied with John’s response and they continue to bombard John with questions. Finally John states: “I am the voice that is voice crying out in the desert.” John clearly knew and understood his role in the unfolding of God’s plan. John knew that he was not the “One who is to come.” However, he also understood that he would play a part in the drama that would unfold.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we clearly knew what our part is to play in the drama of life? At times in our lives, it is clear what our call and responsibility is. At other times, we may not have any clarity about our role. At these times, I assume that most of us simply keep on going and do what we need to do.

The challenge may be for us to trust that we are doing God’s will simply by striving to be women and men who strive to love others and work for justice in our world. Our efforts may seem small in the bigger scheme of life; however, small acts of love, kindness, and generosity are great gifts that are needed every day in our world.  We simply have to trust that God is at work in us; and God is working through us in the many acts of kindness and live we may do each day. We may not be a star.  However, each and every one of us has the ability to shine light on our world! May we do so every day!

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