Advent Reflection #14
John 1:6-8, 19-28
John testified to the light. His words, actions, indeed his entire life, testified to the light. People took notice. They were either drawn to him or repulsed by him.
What does your life testify to?
Unfortunately recent news has been focused upon racial tension and violence, the USA’s use of torture, and other violent negative topics. Such tragic realities testify to anything but the light. These issues are morally repugnant and should force us to take a critical look at ourselves as well as the country we live in. We must constantly scrutinize our words and deeds and ask ourselves: “do our words and actions testify to the light, or to darkness?”
John’s words and deeds were stark and even offensive because of how radically different he was than the society around him. He was a part of God’s chosen people, and yet he had no trouble recognizing just how wrong they were about so many things, and thus how different God was calling him to be. Because he was committed to being different, God was able to use him to truly prepare the way for the coming Messiah, for the true light of the world.
The light needed John – it needs you too. In all that you do, live for the light, testify to it – you won’t regret it.
Come Lord Jesus