Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
Memorial Feast: Pope Saint Sylvester 1 (285-+335)—Patronage Feroleto Antico Sylvestrine Benedictines Nonantola
1 John 2:18-21, Psalm 96, & John 1:1-18
As we absorb and contemplate the beginning of the Gospel of Saint John, we recognize and identify the primary ideal that applied to John the Baptist as a 'witness.' His life's essence was to witness to Jesus. He would 'search many ways for Him'. Additionally, John knew that he was not the "light" for which others awaited.
Being a Christian is being in partnership with Jesus. Pope Francis said, "The Church is fruitful and a mother when she witnesses to Jesus Christ." We are called to be in friendship and partnership with him. First, Jesus offers a relationship to His disciples and then works with and through them—this includes you and me.
The message of peace, justice, and compassion is as relevant now as it was in the days when Jesus walked among us on earth. Pope Francis added, "We are not a religion of ideas, of pure theology and beautiful things, or commandments. No, we are a people who follow Jesus Christ and who want to bear witness to Christ, and sometimes this witness leads to laying down our lives," as many before us did.
If we wish to spread the message of Jesus, it also means we want to receive it. Receiving the Holy Eucharist, daily prayer, reading sacred scripture, and setting an example to others are ways of deepening this message for ourselves and to others.
Question of the Day: How will you integrate the above message into your life?
Prayer: The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. To those who accepted Him, He gave them the power to become the children of God. Alleluia, alleluia.