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John 1:6-8

The Word of God

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

John 1:6-8
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    • There is a question for me: Who are you? What do you say about yourself?
    • Lord, I think of you beside me, seeing the good and the promise in me. This is what I want to say about myself: I am called into being by God, who loves me.
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    • John was sent from God, and I am also. To God I am important! Now I pray that I may hear what God wants me to do in order to witness to Jesus and his gospel in my world.
    • Does anyone think of me as witnessing to the light by the quality of my life? I listen to Jesus as he tells me that I am meant to be light for the world. I ask humbly that he may illuminate me more. Perhaps I ask him to place his hands on my head in blessing so that I may be more lightsome.
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    • We are in the atmosphere of something about to happen. Like when the whole football stadium hushes while a free is taken, maybe to decide a match or a penalty shoot out to decide a world cup qualifier. John the Baptist is still on the scene, pointing where to look, where to wait, how to expect the one who is to come. We get so used to Christmas and the coming of Christ that we hardly have any sense of expectation.
    • Christmas will come and go like every year, and afterward people say, 'We had a quiet Christmas, thank God.' But Christmas is not meant to be quiet. It's meant to explode with the roar of the crowd when its team gets the score. It's meant to laugh with the joy of parents whose child has just been born. It's meant to be a voice of care, compassion and love, the voice of god, in the wilderness of the world.
    • This could be a week of active expectancy - to do something to prepare well for the Lord. Do something for the poor each day, thank somebody genuinely each day for their place in your life, approach the communal sacrament of Reconciliation or go to confession privately, go to mass once or twice more in the week, say sorry to someone you hurt or forgive someone who hurt you.
    • Make the path of the Lord a path of expectation in your life as Christmas approaches. Then the Lord will not take us by surprise, then the One who is coming among us will not be unknown, then we will have a fuller Christmas and because of each one, someone else will have a happier Christmas.
    • I recall how I heard the message of John the Baptist in Advent. Before God, I review how I listened and responded to his call to prepare to receive God's kingdom.
    • John gave himself fully to his mission yet knew that not everything depended on him. I pray that I may be inspired by him in the year ahead.