The Gospel Today
Christmas Weekday – Friday
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
He is the one of whom I said,
‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’
I did not know him,
but the reason why I came baptizing with water
was that he might be made known to Israel.”
John testified further, saying,
“I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky
and remain upon him.
I did not know him,
but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”
Reflection (Sem. Primitivo Eublera, Jr.)
Today’s Gospel reminds us of our responsibility to proclaim Jesus not ourselves. St. John the Baptist who was known as the precursor of Jesus, proclaimed Jesus as the Lamb of God, the Son of God. Can you imagine his humility despite the many good things he did to his people during his time?
In our era, we are bombarded with too many things. Many advertisements whether print or broadcast media, would lead us to becoming self-centered. I recalled a good friend of mine who had a classmate. Both of them, together with their other classmates that time, were preparing for Certified Public Accountant’s (CPA) licensure examinations. As their review classes went through, each of them except one, strived even harder to cope with the review classes and asked God through the intercession of the saints and Our Lady. They even went to several holy places, on pilgrimages to Churches, asked for prayers and blessings from different people, priests and lay alike. Finally, the week before the exams arrived. Each one felt already the tension. My friend’s classmate who was known to be very intelligent, approached and told them, “What happened to you? Trust yourself, why do you have to pray, go to those places as if these churches can help you. I only trust my own self.” My good friend and his classmates were just silent but deep inside murmuring what had happened to their classmate, only that they cannot talk back because they knew he was indeed super intelligent, being graduated summa cum laude.
Lo and behold, the examination day arrived and they just learned after the exams that their super intelligent friend and classmate was not able to finish the exams due to stress, went home because of experiencing mental block out. My good friend and his classmates concluded his, was a self-centeredness that there was no more room for God in his heart.
What about us? Where is God in our day-to-day living? Isn’t it that oftentimes we forget Him and many times He would just become our last resort if problems arise? What about the gifts He gave us like the gift of life? of family? friends, etc? Are we thankful to Him?
As we start the year anew, we ask God in Jesus’ name to always be present with us, in each moment of our life, thanking, reverencing and praising Him. Amen!