Daily Gospel Reflection for January 2, 2013



Today’s Gospel: John 1:19-28

“Who am I?”

It’s a question I was pretty confident answering in my teens. It’s a question I thought I was better understanding through my 20s. And now, near the end of my 30s, I have to admit: I don’t have a good answer.

So often, the answer to who I am is linked to the question of what I do. For the last couple of years, though, I’ve been reflecting on advice my spiritual director gives me with the patience of a saint: we are human beings, not human doings.

John’s answer in today’s Gospel is one that bears study. It bears discussion by people smarter and more learned than I.

But to me, amid the ceaseless laundry and tireless wondering, the answer speaks volumes. His answer points to Jesus.

And I don’t need to look any further than Him, do I?



Who are you? And whose are you?


Saint John, help me to be, like you, one who points others to Jesus, who speaks with my actions and doesn’t hesitate to obey.

Copyright 2014 Sarah Reinhard


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When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Triple Take, from Our Sunday Visitor.


  1. Sarah, I had to smile at myself as I read the Gospel for today and your reflection. I mused I, too am a voice crying out, usually along the lines of “Get this room cleaned” or “Pick up these toys!” I need to find another way of crying out that point my children and others to the Lord. Thanks for the reflection to ponder and the prayer.

  2. I have to say as someone much older (but not wiser) than you, I still grapple with that “Who Am I?” question. When I “retired” to stay at home with our boys, when I was stripped of my job title and the work I’d become so fond of, I grappled with knowing who I was. Then I found my identity in being “Eric and Adam’s mom” — which was a true blessing, but also a trial at times when I was more concerned with their spiritual well-being than my own (and that’s not even mentioning being “Greg’s wife”). Now, as a new empty nester, I am re-adjusting again. Your post reminds me that I am Lisa, child of God. His, and for him. Yes, my other roles are still a huge part of me, but that’s the one that needs to take priority. Ironically, when I get that part right (or as close to “right” as I can) other things fall into place.

  3. Beautiful… Simple… True

    Thanks Sarah for this reflection on today’s Gospel. Once I got past singing “Who am I? Who am I? I’m Jean Valjean” after reading your opening line, your straight forward directions melded with my thoughts of Jean Valjean (I know, it’s crazy to be in my head!) and I couldn’t help but think he was defined, ultimately not by a label (24601) but by how he lived his life. You have given us a very timely and good reflection to ponder for day 2 of the new year!

    • Alrighty, now I’m going to have to watch Les Mis, huh? (Nope, haven’t seen it. No desire, really, and I haven’t read it for a number of years…and I’m not sure I really got anything from the reading I did of it…)

    • You crack me up, Sheri. I need that reminder. That’s why it’s there. You mean I was supposed to write this for OTHER PEOPLE? Nope. It’s all for ME. 🙂

      But seriously, glad that it helped you somehow.

  4. This is so helpful today, Sarah…on a day when I feel I did a thousand things that at the end of the day are invisible. Some days of staying home with little kids are like spinning my wheels. It’s good to remember that who I am isn’t necessarily the sum total (or the perceived value) of what I do…and that _whose_ I am matters the most of all. Thanks.

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