Saturday 8 November 2014

2 January

What sort of behaviour or attitude do we have when it comes to preaching the Good News? Some of us may think that we are doing really well in our ministry and that our ways or methods should be adopted by others. Some may feel proud or conceited about themselves, since they appear to have produced much fruit in ministry. But what sort of attitude or behaviour should a Christian have towards preaching the Good News?

In today's Gospel, John the Baptist shows us a good example of what being a disciple is all about. When questioned whether he was the Christ or Elijah, he replied that he was not. Instead, he said: "I am, as Isaiah prophesied: a voice that cries in the wilderness: Make a straight way for the Lord." Moreover, John knew his place and was humble enough to acknowledge that he was merely a servant and not the master. He tells us: "I baptise with water; but there stands among you – unknown to you – the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo his sandal-strap."

Being a disciple of Christ means that we are carrying out His command in preaching the Good News to all nations. It means that we are servants and are merely doing our duty. We are doing this not for our personal gratification or to show how capable we are, but for the greater glory of God. May we remain with the Lord and be willing and humble to let Him use us as His instruments.

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