Christmas Week Day - Thursday
The Gospel readings for the past few days have all been about John the Baptist’s testimony to Christ. “There is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from the sky and remain upon him.”
In today’s reading we see again, John’s testimony to Jesus saying, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” His testimony sparks a sense of wonder in the two disciples, and they decide to follow Jesus. When they speak with Him, He calls them toward Himself. In that encounter, they were convicted in their belief of Jesus. Full of joy at this discovery, John finds his brother Simon and testifies to Jesus.
John’s testimony through baptizing and proclaiming Jesus’s authority moved the two disciples to chase after Jesus. Like John, our testimony has tremendous power to reach the hearts of others. Testimonies are not meant to be proof of something; rather, they build a case in favor of or against something, like in court. Testimonies allow for the audience to receive the message and contemplate it for themselves. The two disciples received John’s testimony, and they went after Jesus to discover the truth about Him. As they spent the day with Jesus they witnessed for themselves the truth of Jesus Christ, and they no longer relied on John’s testimony to believe in Jesus because they experienced Him for themselves. From his experience of Jesus, John goes out to his brother Simon and testifies to Jesus as the Messiah.
As Christians, we are called to testify to Jesus Christ who is the light, the truth, and the way. We are called to do so with our very lives in the way we choose, the way we act, and the way we love. We have seen for ourselves the truth of Jesus. May we be convicted in this truth, and testify to Him in the way we live. This is too the message of Christmas.
Student at St John Vianney