Today I will make three acts of humility for love of Jesus
by Father Shawn Aaron | Source: Catholic.net
John 1:6-8, 19-28
Introductory Prayer: Father in heaven, my heart desires the warmth
of your love. My mind is searching for the light of your word. I long for the coming of Christ our
Savior. Through this short, intimate encounter with you, I seek to grow in my love for you. You are
my strength, my light, my peace, my joy, my life.
Petition: Jesus, help me to generously fulfill the mission you have given me.
1. A Man Named John Was Sent from
God: Consider for a moment the magnitude of this verse. On the one hand, we have an ordinary
member of the human race –– like you and me –– who bears one of the most common names known to
mankind. On the other hand, he has a mission that transcends his very person –– also like you and
me. Scripture repeatedly attests that God “sends”; he reveals himself to a person and then sends
that person forth to communicate to others the truth about himself. What is more, the one who truly
comes to know God feels compelled to communicate him to others. Even Jesus refers to himself as the
one “sent” by the Father. This is because the Blessed Trinity is a relationship of love that God
will not keep to himself. He first creates the world for us men and women for our enjoyment and
sustenance. Then, after we sinned, he sends us patriarchs, prophets, kings and ultimately his very
own son as a way of assuring us that he loves us and wants us to be with him forever.
2. I Am Not the Christ: John knows who he is not. Honest
self-knowledge is an essential step on the path to holiness. John is attracting the attention of the
multitudes in Israel. Many people would perhaps be flattered or even intoxicated with such celebrity
status. Yet John is not grasping for power, nor does he seek to be someone he is not; rather he is
preparing men’s hearts for the true Christ. The Evil One will continually try to get us to look to
ourselves and our own talents in an attempt to distract our eyes from God and his plan for us. John
gives us a shining example of the triumph of humble self-knowledge over the wiles of the devil. When
we, too, are totally focused on God, we feel compelled to eliminate from our personal lives any
duplicity, vanity or inflated self-esteem. We begin to live in the truth, rightly valuing all the
gifts God has bestowed on us to use in service of his Kingdom, without taking anything for ourselves
since everything is his.
3. I Am
the Voice of One Crying Out in the Desert, Make Straight the Way of the Lord: John knows who
he is. There is no division in John’s heart between what God is asking and what he personally wants.
He knows that God has brought him into this world to make a difference. This reveals the inner
source of his zeal, which gives resounding force to his message. He has been entrusted with a
mission, and his heart is fully in it. But John is not unique. God has called each one of us into
existence to accomplish a mission. Is my heart ardently attached to God’s plan for my life? Do I
know and fully embrace God’s plan for my life?
Conversation with Christ: Blessed Lord, you are the source of
lasting happiness and genuine peace of soul. Help me to base my interior strength on the certitude
of your love for me. Help me to recognize your greatness and my nothingness, so that I will be more
ready to be emptied of my selfishness and be a faithful instrument of your love. Give me the grace
to take on my mission with fervent zeal and to bring it to completion.
Resolution: Today I will make three acts of humility for love of
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