January 2, 2018
(Ss. Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church)
When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him
(John the Baptist) to ask him, “Who are you?” He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, “I am not the Christ.” . . . And after further interrogation, 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.” Jn_1:19-28
If you can say anything about John the Baptist from this conversation, it’s that he was clearly not boastful, or conceited, or self-centered. He was obviously a humble person who knew where he stood relative to the Christ. And yet, he was not shy to defend himself before his attackers, the priests. You see, by then, John was developing quite a reputation. He was actually becoming pretty famous. But it wasn’t fame that he was seeking. He was seeking to save souls and to bring people to their Savior, who wasn’t him, but Jesus.
And the same should go for us, beloved. It doesn’t really matter how many times we’ve read through the Bible. It doesn’t matter how often we pray, or listen to EWTN, or walk on street corners defending the life of the unborn – We are NOT the Christ. We are not the JUDGE. We are not God. Only God Himself is God. But, like John, we are the humble messengers who hopefully, though our knowledge and through our actions, excite others to follow the Lord as well.
Only in God is our Salvation and our Hope!
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