Humble Attitude (John 1:6-8.19-28)

Humble Attitude (John 1:6-8.19-28)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. All the good news we hear gives us joy and adds energy to do various activities. The good news is beautiful and pleasing. We do not lose a bit when we bring good news. On the other hand, bad news drains energy.

We need to determine our attitude, whether we need to listen to bad news and get lost in it or ignore it and learn from it to develop ourselves further. We often find that quite a few people have the habit of telling bad news.

The prophet Isaiah did not only appear to give condemnation and prophesy about punishment for the nation of Israel. He appeared to announce the news of salvation and good news to be given to the nation of Israel.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. The Gospel of John 1:6-8.19-28 which we heard on this third Sunday of Advent, talks about John the Baptist, a great figure during this Advent season who was sent by God as a witness to testify to us that the Light we are waiting for- stay tuned for that to come soon.

In today’s Gospel, we are invited to witness how John’s action in carrying out his mission. John came out boldly preaching about the coming Light before many people. In carrying out his mission, Yohanes truly fulfilled his role, namely as a messenger.

Therefore, when people asked about his identity, John answered honestly that he was not the long-awaited Light. He is not the Messiah. He was just an ordinary person sent to proclaim an extraordinary Him.

John said that he was only a messenger to testify that the True Light would soon come. The True Light is Jesus. He is the one who has the power to save and forgive. It was Jesus who was preached by John the Baptist.

The character of John the Baptist in today’s Gospel gives us many important lessons for our lives. John has shown an attitude that is very worthy for us to emulate in this era. One of the attitudes he shows is humility. This humble attitude was shown by John when people listened to his preaching and many people asked about his identity, was he the Light?

To this question, John answered honestly that he was not the Light. He was not the Messiah, he was just an ordinary person sent to bear witness to the Light that was to come. This is one of the humility shown by John. Even though at that time, many people followed him and believed and thought that he was the Light. He is the Savior.

However, John did not want to deceive his believers and those who followed him. John still refers to the essence of his preaching that he is only a messenger. He is not the awaited Savior. This attitude shown by John wants to make us realize that we should not be greedy, cheat and deceive people with our fame. John teaches us to dare to be ourselves. Proud to be ourselves with what we have.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. The question for us is what should we do to welcome the coming of our Savior?

First, what we must do is prepare ourselves well, namely filling this Advent period with a deep spirit of repentance. Therefore we must cleanse our hearts and minds from all stains of sin. We must abandon our old way of life which is displeasing before God and before others and with great humility we come to the confessional to ask for forgiveness from God.

Second, we start a new life, namely a life that is pleasing to God. This deep repentance must lead us to a new life, namely a life that is open to God’s grace, especially open to being guided by God’s grace. We must become more open to living according to God’s will.

Third, live in love. Deep repentance and a new life that is pleasing to God, then move us to live out our love for others.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the mission of the Light proclaimed by John the Baptist in the Gospel we hear today. The Light is He who came to spread love to mankind. And at the same time, the Light asks us to also spread love to others. Today we enter the third week of Advent.

The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Week or the Week of Joy. It is said to be a week of joy, joy because the Light, Jesus, whose arrival we have been waiting for, is getting closer. Therefore, we should rejoice and rejoice in welcoming His coming. He who will come will be so great, so noble and full of love and will bring peace to the world. So, we must prepare ourselves well so that when He comes we are ready to receive grace from Him.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Let’s prepare ourselves as well as possible this Advent season. It’s never too late to prepare ourselves if we want to do it. We must cleanse ourselves from all stains of sin. Leaving our old way of life that is not pleasing to God with inner preparation and with a deep attitude of repentance. May the Holy Spirit always guide and guide us so that we are able to prepare ourselves well.

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