Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Gospel: John 1:19-28.
 This is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, "Who are you?" he admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, "I am not the Messiah."So they asked him, "What are you then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No."So they said to him, "Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?" He said: "I am 'the voice of one crying out in the desert, "Make straight the way of the Lord,"' as Isaiah the prophet said."Some Pharisees were also sent.They asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet?" John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

In life some people live in abundance while others in poverty. One may choose simple clothes while another would choose branded ones. A student may choose a prestigious course, while some choose to become a priest or a nun. Other people want to have a good job that will earn much money, while some choose to become missionaries.Imagine if all people choose the same way of life, course or career? In this case, people might only be following the trend. By simply following the trend, a lot of people might not recognize God’s plan in their lives. Like the priest and Levites they keep on asking John the Baptist if he is the Messiah. Then John tells the truth that he is not the Messiah. He further said, that “there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie”. They were probably asking because they could not recognize God in their lives and only listen to the one who sent them.The Lord is inviting us to listen to Him as He reveals our purpose in the life. So that we may not be like the priest and Levites asking about the Messiah, rather recognize God’s presence in our life for us to prepare the way for the Lord that other people may recognize Him through us.

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