John 3:22-30 Reflection – I must Decrease

Reflection on John 3:22-30 ~

“He must increase; I must decrease.”  For me personally, this is one of the most important phrases in all of scripture. For a moment, concentrate on what “I must decrease” really means? Do you have wants or are you satisfied with what you need? Does your time, talent or prayers include giving of yourself with no expectation in return to others?  Lastly if you are desiring or even in the process of decreasing, how do you joyfully let Jesus within increase?

Saint John the Baptist and the Pharisees James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumSaint John the Baptist and the Pharisees James Tissot Brooklyn Museum


Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

John 3  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

Jesus and John the Baptist

22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he spent some time there with them and baptized. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim because water was abundant there; and people kept coming and were being baptized 24 —John, of course, had not yet been thrown into prison.

25 Now a discussion about purification arose between John’s disciples and a Jew. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27 John answered, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. 28 You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”


Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 3:22-30.