Posted by: livingscripture | January 2, 2020

Thursday, January 2

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Thursday January 2, 2020

WORD of the DAY 

And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews  from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites 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.     (John 1: 19-28)

 

How shall I live this Word?

John is the prototype of the witnesses of the Word: he awaits it, perceives it present, is revealed to him in Jesus, recognizes Him, and indicates Him to others. He attributes nothing to himself, he defines himself as the one who “is not”: the true witness knows his place, respectful of the other and of himself. The “no” sayings, define him, outlining his limitations towards the Other. To define your identity, it is important to know what you are not. Only within our limitations are we what we are and we can open ourselves to the other by finding our ‘truth’ in the relationship with them.

“Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart!”  Give us Your humility, Lord!

The voice of Pope Francis, Meditation 16 December 2016

John is great because he always knows how to step aside.  He is great because he is humble and takes the road of self-abasement, of self-abnegation, the same road Jesus will take later.  “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  He, not I, He”  John said.

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