Reflection on John 1:19-28 ~
We start our days in our own little deserts where the way begins straight. We hear John the Baptist and others reminding us to walk as the Lord might. To do so is less obvious in the balance of the day as the cacophony of family, friends, and work obligations can get in the way of divinities subtle whispers from within. We should not dwell on our unworthiness because we struggle with ignoring the cacophony, but instead cry out to God for help in allowing the light of Christ inside into the night of the day.
Saint John the Baptist and the Pharisees, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 1 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Testimony of John the Baptist
19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.”21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said,
“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’”
as the prophet Isaiah said.
24 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25 They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27 the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” 28 This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 1:19-28.