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Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

 

1 Jn 2: 22-28

Ps 98: 1. 2-3ab. 3cd-4

Gospel JN 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 Christ."  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 Christ 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.


Who Are You?

 

 

We are living in an age and time where everybody is in a race to claim for oneself the best resume/profile.  There have been constant times in our lives when we feel discontent, not happy with who we are. We tend to exaggerate our own identities a bit here and there often bordering on lies. In today’s Gospel we have the narration of John the Baptist who in spite of all the admiration and acceptance he receives from the people is true to himself.  ‘I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandal’. We pale in comparison to John the Baptist in every aspect of his virtuous life. His humility is beyond question; his self-effacing behaviour is at par to the Blessed Mother and Jesus. John has every opportunity to claim greatness but he was not tempted by the sudden fame. He instead remained humble and did not claim honour that was not due him.

 

 

"Who are you?" John the Baptist had no difficulty answering this question when the authorities came to investigate him. John had no mistaken identity.  In all humility and sincerity he said he was only a voice bidding people to prepare the way for the coming of the King. John the Baptist bridges the Old and New Testaments. He is the last of the Old Testament Prophets who points the way to the Messiah. He is the first of the New Testament witnesses and martyrs. He is the herald who prepares the way for Jesus and who announces his mission to the people: Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!  John saw from a distance what the Messiah came to accomplish — our redemption from slavery to sin and our adoption as the children of God.

 

 

We must not take credit for any achievement that is not ours. John teaches us that true greatness before the Lord is to humble ourselves before Him. Never mind the adulation or praises of the crowd for these are just temporary and passing. Never mind if others are taking credit for the good that you’ve done.

 

 

As Christians all of us has the responsibility to show the path of the Messiah to the millions who have not heard or accepted Him.  John pointed others to Jesus, the Messiah and Saviour of the world. In this year of faith we must find out ways and means to show the path of Jesus to others.

 

 

Fr. Justin Akkara CMI


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