The Right Word at the Right Time
From now on, I will try to be more courageous in sharing my faith with others and in getting them involved so that they can have a life-changing personal encounter with Christ
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Introductory Prayer: Lord, I
believe that you are the Messiah, the Lamb of God come into the world to save us. Thank you for
revealing yourself to us. I humbly offer you Help me now to focus my mind and heart to focus on your
Divine Word, so I may better know and understand your will for me.
Petition: Jesus, help me to imitate the faith, hope and love of St. John the
Baptist, putting you first in my life and striveeek ing to help others to know you.
1. Knowing When to Let Go: Here, we see St. John the
Baptist in action and the fruits of his fidelity to God’s plan. As he discreetly redirects two of
his best disciples to follow Christ, his humility is in full play. Not only does he accept the fact
that he must take second stage to Jesus; he actively works for this to happen. It can be very
difficult for us to seek only God’s glory and the good of those around us. Our hearts easily attach
themselves to people, to areas of responsibility and to the attention we may get because of what we
do — whether it be in our profession, private lives, parish or in a volunteer religious
organization. However, if we really want to do God’s will, we have to know when it’s time for us to
let go. Like John the Baptist, the only thing we should have our hearts totally set on is
establishing Christ’s kingdom.
2. Facing the
Consequences: Thanks to St. John the Baptist’s faithfulness to his mission, two
men — Andrew and John — meet Jesus and recognize that he is the Messiah. John the Baptist never knew
the final results of his actions, but he trusted in the Holy Spirit and did what he felt God wanted.
The one phrase he spoke in that moment — “Behold the Lamb of God” — had repercussions for the
history of the Church and the world. Without those words spoken at that moment, we might never have
had the Gospel of St. John, his letters and the book of Revelation, or the evangelizing work of St.
Andrew. Jesus might have called Andrew and John some other way, but they would have lost precious
time. We ourselves do not know how much is hanging on our fidelity to God’s plan in our life. Before
saying “no” to God, we should ask ourselves if we’re willing to risk the consequences for ourselves
and for others.
3. Sharing the Treasure:
Andrew, in turn, went to share the news of meeting Jesus and recognizing him as
the Messiah with his brother Simon. Simon might well have laughed at him or ignored him. Jesus was
not considered a likely figure for Messiahship — he was a carpenter’s son from a little town that
another future apostle, Nathaniel, referred to with scorn. However, Andrew knew that he’d found a
treasure and felt the need to share his discovery with his family and friends. Thanks to his
enthusiasm, Simon, the future St. Peter, met Jesus. The rest is history. We should ask ourselves:
Have I really discovered Jesus in the light of faith? Have I discovered the hope and joy that come
from knowing him as my savior? If so, have I overcome any fear, timidity or human respect that might
keep me from sharing this treasure with others?
Conversation with Christ: Thank you, my Lord, for helping me to see the way to serve
you better. Thank you for the saints, who show us of how to be your apostles in the world. Give me
the wisdom to know your will in my life and the strength and trust to follow through with
Resolution: From now on, I will try to be more
courageous in sharing my faith with others and in getting them involved so that they can have a
life-changing personal encounter with Christ.