Father Walter Schu, LC
day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here
is the Lamb of God who takes away the
sin of the world! This is he of whom I
said, ´After me comes a man who ranks ahead
of me because he was before me.´ I myself did
not know him; but I came baptizing with water
for this reason, that he might be revealed to
Israel." And John testified, "I saw the Spirit descending
from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him.
I myself did not know him, but the one
who sent me to baptize with water said to me,
´He on whom you see the Spirit descend and
remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.´
And I myself have seen and have testified that
this is the Son of God."
Introductory Prayer: Jesus,
thank you for this opportunity to be with you, my
Lord and my God. You always seek me first.
Even my desire to encounter you is a fruit
of your love for me, of the action of your
grace in my heart. I trust that this day
will be filled with the graces I need to respond
generously to your call to holiness and to be
Petition: Lord, help me to be a
witness to you with the same courage, humility, and
openness to the Holy Spirit as John the Baptist.
“Saw Jesus Coming Toward Him.” - Jesus is always
coming toward us, too. Why? Because he loves us.
He never imposes himself. He doesn’t burst through the
door and force us to accept him or even acknowledge
him. But he does remain close, hoping we will
catch a glimpse of his love and, in that
instant, recognize that he is everything our hearts long for.
What will happen if we open the door of
our life, of our heart, to Christ? He will call
us to abandon the tight confines of our egotism,
greed, lust, envy, and selfishness. He will open undreamed-of
horizons and give a rich, new dimension to our
poor, fleeting days on this earth. He will bestow on
us a transcendent mission: to testify to him not
only with our words, but with everything that we
2. John Testifies to “the Lamb of God.” -
As John the Baptist sees Jesus coming toward him,
he proclaims: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away
the sin of the world!” John’s title for Jesus
is rich in meaning. Fifteen hundred years before Christ,
during the exile in Egypt, the blood of the paschal
lamb spread on the Israelites’ doorposts saved their families
from the angel of death, who slaughtered the first-born
of the Egyptians. As a result, Moses was able to
lead the chosen people to the Promised Land. Christ
is the true Lamb of God who offers himself
in sacrifice to take away our sins and to open
to us the Promised Land of heaven. John’s testimony
requires humility: His own disciples leave him to follow
Jesus. Do I strive for this same humility? Do I
put my testimony to Jesus above my own self-interest?
3. John Recognizes Jesus Through the Holy Spirit: John’s
testimony was so convincing that many of his own
disciples became followers of Jesus. Yet John himself claimed
that at first he did not know Jesus. What did
he mean by this enigmatic phrase? As Jesus’ relative,
John certainly knew who he was; however, the precise
moment in which Jesus was to begin his Messianic
mission remained unknown to John. It was only through the
action of the Holy Spirit that John fully recognized
Jesus as the Chosen One of God, who was now
to be revealed to God’s chosen people. The Holy
Spirit seeks to work with the same power in
our own lives. What attachments to worldly interests still distract
me from the Holy Spirit’s action? What fears still
hold me back from letting him do with me
whatever he pleases? Do I fully trust in him who
is love itself?
Conversation with Christ: Thank you
for always coming toward me, Lord. Thank you for
your love for me. At times I don’t know what
you see in me, Lord, but even in my
weakness and sinfulness I want to return love with love.
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, help my
love for you to be bold and ardent.
I will ask the Holy Spirit to help me openly
bear witness to Christ during the day.