Jesus turned around and noticed [John and Andrew] following
him. He asked them, “What are you looking for?” They said,
“Teacher, where do you stay?” He answered them, “Come and
see.” John 1:35-39
The priests and Levites asked John, “Who are you?” He answered, “I am not the Messiah.” They questioned him further, “Who then? Elijah?… The prophet?” He answered, “I am a voice in the desert, crying out, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.'” John 1:6-8,19-28
Many people are “personality molders.” They want us to fit into their wishes or to form ourselves according to their expectations. That is, many people want to do to us what the priests and Levites wanted to do to John the Baptist. We need a very strong spirit of self-composure to discover who we are and then to reveal this to others. God-rooted confidence will help us be shaped by the spirit of Christ, not molded by any human interest or peer group expectations.
JESUS SPEAKS TO YOU
“You are blessed by my Father and by me when you prepare for Christmas, as my cousin John did. But you don’t have to go out to the desert. Just find a place and time in your ordinary routine where you can make room for quiet prayer. Only then will you understand your true identity and how you are connected to me. Only then will you understand your responsibilities to love.”
Jesus, teach me how to quiet down and be patient with myself. Stir up in me a desire for prayer so that I can better understand your love. Don’t let me be a foolish follower of group-think. Don’t let me be harsh in my opinions about superficial people, either. Just don’t let them sway me from doing what I should. Without criticism and without complaints, I want to make myself straight and find my way to you. Amen.