Today’s Gospel: John 1:29-34 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Humility can be a tricky think to master. Our culture screams “be the best”, and we seem to focus constantly on who’s in first place; but today’s Gospel teaches a beautiful lesson about the exact opposite. In this competitive world, it’s a bit shocking to read the words, “A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me.” It’s one thing to think someone is more important than you – but to announce it loud and proud to all who will hear, that just seems crazy by today’s standards!
The funny thing is, John was completely comfortable with the way events unfolded. A supporting role was perfect for him. He recognized that he had a completely different purpose than Jesus did in fulfilling God’s plan. He didn’t get caught up in the fact that he would be doing the baptizing, and he had been chosen to bring God’s grace to the crowds. He simply saw himself as a part of something amazing. He didn’t feel the need to be the star or have folks notice his good works.
John wasn’t the main attraction; his role was to prepare the way and take part in the mighty work of the Father and His Son. I’m sure if selfies had been taken that day, John would have been nowhere to be found. He wanted no notice, no thanks, no acknowledgement. John opened the door, so to speak, so that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit could enter and add an amazing chapter to the love story God shares with us.
What are my motives for serving the Lord? Do I do it for him or do I do it so others will notice I’m a part of things?
Loving Father, please help me push past my pride. Give me the grace to love and serve you with a humble heart. Allow me to see those who need your mercy and your love, and show me how to help them make room you so you can be the star in their life. Amen.
Copyright 2017 Sheri Wohlfert