Reflections - January 15, 2017

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world….A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me”. 
Jn. 1:30.
 
Today John the Baptist allows us reflect on our attitude towards the Lamb of God.  “This is the Lamp of God who takes away the sin of the world”.  Jesus took our sins so that we could be transformed by love.  We discover in our heart the negative forces of evil and the positive forces of good that are in constant struggle within us.
 
There is a very common attitude of those negative forces of sin in our social environment.  It is to always be first – even to the point of “whoever falls, falls”.  Spouses exclude each other and their children especially when they just see their negative side.  But children also exclude their parents when they see them as “old fashioned” and when the parents indicate something that goes against certain irresponsible attitudes in their lives.
 
Pope Francis invites us to:  “Never lose our sense of humility and charity when we try to decide by someone else’s conscience because we can sometimes judge in a superficial form without first having a good introduction to our brothers and sisters and without accompanying them in their spiritual difficulties”.
 
John the Baptist gives us an example of Christian humility:  “He who comes after me is more important…..”.  “I have come baptizing with water so that He might be made known”.  “I have seen and testified that He is the Son of God”.
 
Let us ask the Lamb of God in Communion for humility and love to eliminate the sin of controlling, excluding and above all dominating.  I end with this phrase of St. Teresa:  “The perfect love loves with more intensity and effectiveness.  Its best interest is giving not receiving and it worries about making its friends truly happy relieving the loneliness of its neighbor making the other one grow”. 
Let us be as humble as a fragile, tender flower that opens its fragile and tender petals to the crude sun and to the hostile forces of nature.  Let the power of the Lamb of God grow and transform our lives.