3rd Sunday of Advent – 2017

 

3rd Sunday of Advent – 2017

 

“He was not the light, but came to testify to the light”

 

If not all, then many people search for a true meaning of their life, their own calling, or for an honor and power. It is a search for greatness, or at least, for being recognized by other people.

 

It may happen – sometimes – that they may achieve some heights of human abilities and for some time they are occupying the plinth of glory, shining for a short time as the “stars of heaven”. The time passes by and so they, even if they thought that they are as bright as the light. They have not recognize the source of their light.

 

John the Baptist was recognized as a great and important man by the people of Israel but when asked of his own opinion he answered that “he was not the light”. Though being admired by so many he did not climb the plinth of glory. He knew who he was and knew what his task was. This kind of recognition we call humility. When officials were demanding a true answer from him he has said to them that he “came to testify to the light”.

 

To testify to somebody or something you need to know this person or that thing. Otherwise, it will not be a testimony but a story-telling. St. John knew exactly who he was, who the light is, where it is coming from, and what is his own task.

 

Do we have enough humility to recognize the Giver of our own gifts and greatness? With those gifts that we have received we have got a task as well. Taking the example of John the Baptist let us testify to the Light that is coming to us in the person of Jesus Christ.

 

Fr. Kgotsofalang SCJ

 

 

 

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