Saturday Before Epiphany
Malvern Minute

 

Saturday Before Epiphany

January 4, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast:  Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) – Patron Saint of Catholic Schools

First Letter of Saint John 3:7-10

Psalm 98

John 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”  The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.  (John 1:35-37)

Imagine if John would have so loved the attention that he was getting from everyone that he decided to keep it to himself.  Imagine if he decided that he could become “king” if he played his cards right.  Imagine if he became so self-consumed with his own popularity that he did not want to point others to Jesus and run the risk of losing them to Him.  Of course, that’s not what happened.  What happened is that John fulfilled his role in salvation history beautifully, preparing the way for Jesus and pointing others to Him when the time was right.

In the passage above, John turns the eyes of two of his followers to our Lord.  He says to the two disciples, “Behold the Lamb of God.”  They see Jesus and leave John.  I suspect that experience was a bit bittersweet for John.  Perhaps he felt the loss of his followers on one level but the loss would have been softened by the joy of knowing that he was fulfilling the purpose of his life by pointing others to Christ.

Friends, it is so easy to get self-consumed in life.  It’s easy to want all the attention and, when we receive it, it’s difficult to let it go.  But true Christian love is always selfless.  It is always focused on our Lord and it always points others to Jesus.  John set a wonderful example of this life of virtue and humility and we are called to do exactly the same. 

Question of the Day:  Do you seek selfless attention in your life or do you rejoice in the many opportunities you have to point others to Jesus? 

Prayer:  Lord, help me to constantly look for ways to point those in my life to You.  Help me to become selfless and humble.  Help me to realize that love is all about You and is all about helping others come to know You and, through your invitation, follow you. 

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