Homily for Saturday after Epiphany Year A
Theme: The Confession of John
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Saturday January 11 2020
In today’s Gospel, we again have John the Baptist who finally recognised Jesus, the Messiah in their midst. John was just too glad, in fact he claimed his joy is complete, that Jesus had come. He knew that salvation had come. In answer to the dispute between a Jew and his own disciples, John pointed to Jesus as the bridegroom and he, the best man, is rejoices in His voice. Then, John said the ultimate expression of humility, “He must increase; I must decrease!”
John knew who he was and what was his role in God’s plan of salvation. He never succumbed to the temptation of claiming to be the Messiah even though at a certain point his disciples and some Jews assumed he was. John found pride in dignity not in being the “star of the show” but in being an effective supporting actor. He was not concerned of himself.
John gave a very good message and example. It is our task to know who we are and accept it. To claim more than who we are will be being untrue and therefore living in a lie. And living in a lie will be the last thing we should do. It is a violent life. It will always haunt us.
John was an example of humility. C. S. Lewis said something powerful about it; “Humility is thinking less of yourself, it is not thinking of yourself less.” God never meant to demean John or us. He wants us to be who He made us to be. Thus, being humble is being true, true to oneself, true to God’s plan. Being humble means to recognise God as the Creator and we are His creatures. It is to accept our limitations and God’s omnipotence. It is in service to a God who loved and died for us.