Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6
I Corinthians 1: 1-3
I have been here now for a little over a year and a half, and I am wondering how well you may know me? Who knows that I am the pastor of the parish? Who knows my name? What is my favorite color? What do I enjoy doing as a hobby? What is my favorite food, and where is my favorite place to shop? You know somethings about me, and over the years you will get to know other things about me. The big question is, “Do you know what I am living for?” I believe that is a question for all of us to answer, “What are we living for today?”
In our Gospel, we know a few things about John the Baptist. He lived out in the desert, he wore camel hair clothing, and he ate wild locusts and honey. Another thing we know about John the Baptist is he is the last of the prophets. Because he is the last of the prophets, John has a passion for ‘preparing people for the coming of Jesus Christ,’ and this is shown in two ways. John’s passion for Jesus led him to know what he is living for so he baptizes people in the Jordon River for the remission of sin. The other thing that happens because John has such a passion for Christ and he knows what he is living for is he drew others to him as disciples. John knew what he was doing was only the beginning as he openly said, “One is coming after me that ranks ahead of me.”
John the Baptists does something highly unusual for someone who had disciples and had so people coming out to see him in the desert. When John the Baptist sees Jesus for the first time after their childhood, he proclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one who is the one of whom I said is coming after me.” John is so convinced of who Jesus is; he is telling his disciples, “Leave me, and go and follow him. Make him what you are living for?”
We gather this day, and we are being invited to reflect on, “For whom and what are we living for?” John knew that water was good for his disciples and followers, but his deepest desire was for them to be on fire for the coming of the Messiah. In a few minutes, I will elevate the body and blood of Christ, and I will repeat the very same words of John as I will say, “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world.” Will we be ready to make Jesus what we are living for?