Sunday, December 14, 2008
Who Do You See Yourself As?
I attended mass at a church other than my own this weekend, and the priest gave me a perspective I had never heard before.
Today's Gospel (John 1:6-8, 19-28) focuses on John the Baptist, and the priest told us that we are like hundreds of thousands of John the Baptists. All of us are preparing the way for Jesus, just like he did.
This makes perfect sense, but in all my years of learning, no one has ever put it in that light for me.
Sure, I've heard that we are like his apostles, like Paul, and like the many saints that have followed them. But in that light, we are trying to continue the ways of Jesus. If we think of ourselves as John, we are preparing the way for his second coming.
I found that slight tweak in perspective very interesting.
Of course, I cannot hold a candle to any of those mentioned above. But having multiple examples to follow surely helps me reflect on my role here on Earth.