Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Reflection for Thursday January 2, Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church; John 1:19-28

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/010214.cfm
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Gospel: John 1:19-28
This is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to him to ask him, “Who are you?” He admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, “I am not the Christ.” So they asked him, “What are you then? Are you Elijah?” And he said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?” He said: “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” Some Pharisees were also sent. They asked him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?” John answered them, “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
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My Reflection:
If only we are all like John, the catholic church would have remained the sole Christian church in the world. But we are not because we are not as humble as John. And we are not like John because many of us are not also ready to die for the sake of upholding what is moral and right.

John is a paradox for many of us because he was at the threshold of attaining instant fame. But he refused it, he instead choose to remain humble and not fool around with fleeting fame. Around that time John had all the opportunities not to stand for the teachings of Jesus yet he chose to stand for Jesus even at the cost of his very own life.  Such is John, humble to the core of his bones and loyal to Jesus and His teachings.

Many of us Catholics love to be in the limelight, we hunger for attention and adulation. We love it when we are praised to high heavens. Our ears even flap in acknowledgment of the honor that is not ours. Let us be like John at all times so that we could attract others to join our faith.

It’s not anymore the faith that we carry that attracts others to join us. It’s how we live in humility the faith that we carry. Marino J. Dasmarinas1

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