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Saturday of the Psalter week 2 Download This Homily

January 12, 2018

Saturday of the Psalter week 2


1 John 5:14-21;

Psalm 149:1-6, 9;

Gospel JN 3:22-30


Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing. John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him." John answered and said, "No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease."



He Should Increase


It is so easy to get trapped in promoting self rather than God; our needs often drive us to do whatever we need to do to lift "ME" up first.

One searching test of character is: can you take an insult without taking offence? When someone called George Bernard Shaw an ass, far from taking offence, he took it as a compliment. He pointed out the qualities we associate with the humble donkey: modesty, hard work, contentment with plain food and underestimation by the public. He said, “No one can be offended by having such qualities.”


John’s disciples seem alarmed, but it didn’t bother John. John would not allow envy or the fickle crowds make him forget his mission: to announce that the Messiah had come, and then to step back. John is the "best man" at the "wedding" between Jesus and Jesus’ followers. John definitely puts an end to any sense of competition between himself and Jesus by placing himself in the position of the bridegroom's friend or "best man". Once the bridegroom and bride have been brought together, the "best man's" work is completed and he fades off the scene.  John the Baptist lost his disciples - and he was happy about it! John was happy because he could send his disciples to Jesus.


In his mother’s womb John leapt with joy when he heard the voice of mother of Jesus (Luke 1: 41, 44). Now his joy is complete. He rejoices in hearing the voice of the bridegroom, Jesus. He emphatically declares that he is not Christ when the whole public is ready to accept him as Christ. In the first place, he realized that a man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven and that therefore all popularity, gifts, and influence, are precious talents to be administered with the best possible stewardship. He is well aware that his mission is to prepare the way for the Messiah. The Messiah is the one who has to be the shining Sun and he should go to the background, he should decrease.


This humility is as rare as it is fascinating. We are all so apt to use our relationship to Christ as a means of enhancing our own importance, and attracting attention. Though we formally ascribe the supremacy to our Lord, we are elated when our name is on every lip.


Fr. James M L CMI


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