Gospel Reflections

Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1:57-66, 80

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Gerry Bolzan

Published: June 24, 2015

Read Luke 1:57-66, 80

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“I am not the one you imagine me to be…”  Identity seems to be something about which both John the Baptist and Jesus were concerned.  John is quite clear about who he is although there are lots of people trying to tell him differently.  His mother and father got it right: We have Elizabeth’s declaration of John’s great leap of joy at the recognition of Jesus presence and Zechariah’s belated proclamation - “And you child shall be called the prophet of the Most High…”  Both persons affirm this identity. 
In his adult life when John is questioned about his identity, he answers very clearly – I am NOT the Messiah.  When Jesus asks his disciples: “Who do people say that I am?” many answer: John the Baptist.  Both men are very clear on THEIR own identity, even though others are not clear.  Yet, Jesus and John the Baptist do not allow the doubts/ confusion of others to interfere with their own fulfilment of their mission.    
Perhaps we too can at times be side-tracked by what others are saying about us. Is it time to ask yourself:  Who do you say who YOU are?  Why not allow John the Baptist to inspire you with some of his strength of spirit and clear sense of purpose!   So, you too may say: “I praise you, o God, because I am wonderfully made.”

“I am not the one you imagine me to be…” Identity seems to be something about which both John the Baptist and Jesus were concerned. John is quite clear about who he is although there are lots of people trying to tell him differently. His mother and father got it right: We have Elizabeth’s declaration of John’s great leap of joy at the recognition of Jesus' presence and Zechariah’s belated proclamation - “And you child shall be called the prophet of the Most High…” Both persons affirm this identity.

In his adult life when John is questioned about his identity, he answers very clearly – I am NOT the Messiah. When Jesus asks his disciples: “Who do people say that I am?” many answer: John the Baptist. Both men are very clear on THEIR own identity, even though others are not clear. Yet, Jesus and John the Baptist do not allow the doubts/ confusion of others to interfere with their own fulfillment of their mission.

Perhaps we too can at times be side-tracked by what others are saying about us. Is it time to ask yourself: Who do you say who YOU are? Why not allow John the Baptist to inspire you with some of his strength of spirit and clear sense of purpose! So, you too may say: “I praise you, O God, because I am wonderfully made.”

 

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