January 3, 2017
The Gospel Today
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. Ramon Junior C. Jamora)
Have I led others to Jesus?
I feel it is better for us to look back on occasions or moments when we led others to Jesus, or simply talked about Jesus, or recognized Jesus before others. On the other hand, let us also look back on occasions when Jesus was introduced to us by someone.
By recalling our first encounter of Jesus, we bring back the memory and how it feels good knowing that Jesus is present in our lives. We all have different stories with our encounter of Jesus. I met Jesus through the youth ministry and I journeyed with fellow youth members in my conversion. Others may have encountered Jesus in prayer when they had a rock bottom experience. Parents may have encountered Jesus when a son or daughter left home because of peer influences. A husband may have encountered Jesus when his wife left to work abroad. A wife may have met Jesus when she was all by herself, alone and weary from a days work. A student may have encountered Jesus when the professor gave a chance to retake an exam. A poor family may have encountered Jesus when they had something to eat before going to bed.
We all have our stories to tell about our encounter with Jesus. I believe that in all our encounters with Him, we felt His deep presence in us. Whether it be a good or unpleasant experience, we were able to encounter Jesus.
I feel that this is the message of today’s Gospel that we share our encounter with Jesus. Regardless of what the outcome may be, the invitation for us is to see who Jesus is in our lives. By this, we can establish a relationship with Jesus. In various ways, Jesus always wants to encounter us.
Our faith demands our response of recognizing Jesus before others. We are not only recipients of God’s goodness but also a channel of blessing to others. Our story of Jesus’ goodness in our lives makes us witnesses and followers of Jesus in today’s time.
Let us ask for the intercession of St. John the Baptist that we may have the courage and strength to acknowledge Jesus to others.