John 1: 35-42
Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious
From now on, I will try to be more courageous in sharing my faith with others and in getting them involved so that they can have a life-changing personal encounter with Christ.
Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the
Lamb of God come into the world to save us. Thank you for revealing yourself to us. I humbly offer
you now my mind and heart to focus on your Divine Word, so I may better know and understand your
will for me.
Jesus, help me to put you first in my life and strive
to help others to know you.
1. Knowing When to Let Go:
Here, we see St. John
the Baptist in action and the fruits of his fidelity to God's plan. As he discreetly redirects two
of his best disciples to follow Christ, his humility is in full play. Not only does he accept the
fact that he must take second stage to Jesus; he actively works for this to happen. It can be very
difficult for us to seek only God's glory and the good of those around us. Our hearts easily attach
themselves to people, to areas of responsibility and to the attention we may get because of what we
do — whether it be in our profession, private lives, parish or in a volunteer religious
organization. However, if we really want to do God's will, we have to know when it's time for us to
let go. Like John the Baptist, the only thing we should have our hearts totally set on is
establishing Christ's kingdom.
2. Facing the Consequences:
Thanks to St. John the
Baptist's faithfulness to his mission, two men — Andrew and John — meet Jesus and recognize that he
is the Messiah. John the Baptist never knew the final results of his actions, but he trusted in the
Holy Spirit and did what he felt God wanted. The one phrase he spoke in that moment — "Behold the
Lamb of God" — had repercussions for the history of the Church and the world. Without those words
spoken at that moment, we might never have had the Gospel of St. John, his letters and the book of
Revelation, or the evangelizing work of St. Andrew. Jesus might have called Andrew and John some
other way, but they would have lost precious time. We ourselves do not know how much is hanging on
our fidelity to God's plan in our life. Before saying "no" to God, we should ask ourselves if we're
willing to risk the consequences for ourselves and for others.
3. Sharing the
Andrew, in turn, went to share the news of meeting Jesus and recognizing him as the
Messiah with his brother Simon. Simon might well have laughed at him or ignored him. Jesus was not
considered a likely figure for Messiahship — he was a carpenter's son from a little town that
another future apostle, Nathaniel, referred to with scorn. However, Andrew knew that he'd found a
treasure and felt the need to share his discovery with his family and friends. Thanks to his
enthusiasm, Simon, the future St. Peter, met Jesus. The rest is history. We should ask ourselves:
Have I really discovered Jesus in the light of faith? Have I discovered the hope and joy that
come from knowing him as my savior? If so, have I overcome any fear, timidity or human respect that
might keep me from sharing this treasure with others?
Thank you, my Lord, for helping me to see the
way to serve you better.
Thank you for the saints,
who show us of how to be your apostles in the world.
Give me the wisdom to know your will in my life
and the strength and trust to
follow through with it!
From now on, I will try to be more
courageous in sharing my faith with others and in getting them involved so that they can have a
life-changing personal encounter with Christ.