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Daily Mass Reflections - 1/12/19

Updated on January 13, 2022

“He must increase; I must decrease." ~ John 3:30

It is with these words, spoken in the waning moments of today’s Gospel Passage (John 3:22-30) that John the Baptist humbly passes the baton to his friend Jesus, the one to whom he bonded while in the womb of Elizabeth, the one for whom he would ultimately succumb to a martyr’s death. His words today serve as an outstanding reminder of that for which we must all strive:

More God, less us.

On the topic of God’s will and the importance of wisdom and submission in our efforts to discern and pursue it, Saint John in today’s 1st Reading (1 John 5:14-21) reminds us that “if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” going on to confidently assert that “we know that what we have asked him for is ours.” We must never forget that.

These precepts underscore the joyful fact that we belong to God, a topic John goes on to discuss in the latter part of today’s Reading. He challenges us, going on to say that “we know that anyone begotten by God does not sin” reminding us that through the gift of discernment we come to understand and differentiate between God’s goodness and the evil one, he who manipulates and holds the secular world in his vice-like grip. Steeped in sin, those who do not acknowledge Jesus remain mired in the empty promises and hopelessness of their sinfulness. But God protects his children; with them, the evil one’s efforts are fruitless.

“Dear Lord, give us spiritual understanding and wisdom to discern the things of God, for it is our desire to know the truth. Give us discernment we pray, so that we may be wise like the serpent in the midst of this fallen oftentimes godless world but also give us the gentle Spirit of Christ – that the love of Jesus may show forth in our lives as we seek to walk worthy for You, in the days that lie ahead. And may we go forth with the same joyful humility as your servant and friend John the Baptist.” ~ Amen

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