In this week’s Gospel we listen as John the Baptist introduces the people to Jesus, preparing them for the great things that Jesus will do and assuring them that, Jesus is the Son of God. And, just as John spoke of our Lord and Saviour, ensuring that everyone he met knew of the wonder of Christ, so we too, are called to bare witness to God.
But how do we do that in today’s world? For some it means taking an active role within the church, but even if we cannot give so much of ourselves, everything we do as Christians sends a message, and so it is important that we stop and reflect, every day, on our actions. Sometimes it will be when we are faced with difficult situations, we can call on our faith and ask ourselves, ‘what would Jesus do?’ in order to move forwards. But everything we do is important, if we give, we should give in Jesus’ name. If we help our neighbour, we should do it with Christian love, when we shop, we should do so with reflection and understanding, remembering that even when we purchase things, what we choose to buy has an impact on God’s world.
So, this Sunday, as we listen to the Gospel and the wonderful story that heralds the start of Jesus’ work on earth, let us also reflect on our own role within God’s everlasting mission.
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
Did you know that every week we send home The Wednesday Word? This is your chance to read the Gospel for the coming Sunday together as a family – we send it home in a child friendly format and it includes activities and puzzles and ideas for discussion and prayer.