1 Jn. 3:7-10 } Ps. 98:1, 7-9 | Jn. 1:35-42
The first letter of John is speaking to the people of God, people of all ages. John calls them children, keeping in mind that all who are baptized are baptized into becoming children of God. John is trying to teach them that those who do what is right will be on the path leading to God. Those who choose sin are choosing to walk the path towards evil. The Gospel presents the story of John sending his followers off to follow Jesus whom he calls the Lamb of God. John knows that he is not God; and, so, he wants to bring his followers to Christ. This is true humility. John knows who he is and tells his own disciples, without hesitation, that there is another person who is the One who was promised. He sends them off to Jesus. What great detachment and love for God! John is dedicated to God and will not assume any recognition that he does not deserve. There is much for us Americans to learn and imitate from John. We need to learn to give credit where credit is due. We need to be grateful for all that we have and give thanks to God for all of these gifts.
Pause today and thank God for all the gifts you have been given. Think of ways that you can express your gratitude. Check to see how much credit you take for God’s creative work in you.