The Light of Holiness
John 5: 33-36
Friday of the Third week of Advent
Today I will read a couple of numbers about prayer from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (hint: the fourth and final section of the Ccatechism).
by Father Shawn Aaron, LC | Source: Daily Gospel
John 5: 33-36
Father, you turn our weakness into strength. Give us the courage to bear witness to
your truth. We ask this through Christ oour Lord.
Jesus, let me live this
day united to you.
1. John Was a Burning and Shining Lamp:
God’s holiness is
manifested in a magnificent way through his saints. The beauty of creation confesses the beauty of
the Creator.; The order of the universe shows his wisdom and providence. And the saints reveal God’s
holiness in a magnificent way. Such was the case with St. John the Baptist. John’s light was not his
own. It was God’s grace, with which John collaborated by the natural fruit of his sincere effort to
seek and serve God in all things. Genuine union with God makes the heart and soul glow with
2. For a While You Were Content to Rejoice in His Light:
The recent not
so distant death of Pope John Paul II demonstrates the attractive force of holiness as lived by the
saints. At his funeral, the multitudes came to pay respects to the one they esteemed to be a “‘man
of God’.” In the same way, the multitudes came to John the Baptist to hear his message which
resonated in their hearts. His message and example stirred their hearts with the hope that he might
be the long-awaited Messiah. However, the saints never try to draw us to themselves. Like living
signs, they point beyond themselves to a greater reallity: Jesus. Souls never come to us to admire
the brilliance of our extraordinary human gifts, but only to receive the warmth of holiness and true
love for our Lord.
3. But I Have Testimony Greater than John’s:
The saints are
examples of holiness but Jesus himself is the source and model of all holiness (cf. Cfr. Catechism
of the Catholic Church, CC 459). As Jesus comes to establish God’s, the Kingdom of God, in every
human heart, even the holiness of the greatest of saints is but a dim reflection of the grandeur of
God the Father. Jesus continuously acknowledges that love for his Father is the driving force in his
life. He comes to reveal his Father to us, and in so doing he announces and procures our eternal
adoption as the Father’s children of the Father.
Dialogue with Christ:
want to live united to you in prayer so as to live faithfully to you in my actions. You are holy and
ask me to be holy. I want to be holy not for my own sake, but as a way of loving you and bringing
others to know you. Without your grace I cannot do this. Mother Most Pure, make my heart only for
Today I will read a couple of numbers about prayer from the
Catechism of the Catholic Church (hint: the fourth and final section of the
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