John the Baptist is like an arrow that serves to give the right direction for travelers to get to their destination. He signals the people who the Lamb of God is. John is an example of the role of Christians in the world.
He points at the Lamb of God
In yesterday’s Gospel, we had John tell the people who were wondering if he was the Messiah – “Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me”. In today’s Gospel, he’s more explicit, in fact, he points at the Messiah: “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”
Readings 1 Jn 2:29-3:6 Ps 97 Jn 1:29-34
John not only prepared the people for the coming of the Messiah, but also revealed him to the people. Here we have humility in action according to John’s own words: “He must increase; I must decrease” (John 3:30) They are not empty words; he lives them. He’s ready to fade off the scene to leave the space for the one who’s to come.
Christian vocation in the world
Here John gives us an example what should be the role of Christians in the world; to be arrows that indicate to others the good road to take. And once people are on the right the road; the arrow has served its purpose -it may even be removed. Indeed, it takes courage and humility to leave the limelight stage for someone else.
We are in the world in which people have a profound thirst and they are busy seeking something/someone to quench that thirst. They are looking for meaning in life. The world needs angels present at critical points to guide and to orient those in need. This is an area that calls for prophet lives -that’s our vocation as Christians.
Lord, give me today to be this arrow that is helping to orient to you people who are looking for meaning in life.
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