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John 1:23 I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness.
John knows exactly what he is and what he is not. He’s not Elijah returned. He’s not the Messiah. He’s not the one who will save the world, and he won’t pretend otherwise. He’s simply a voice crying out, help me! I’m an orphan…calling for change and hoping that God will meet him there in the wilderness. John knows what it means to march.
We could do worse as the church than to be a voice crying out—to be a people who march. We could do worse than to cry out against injustice and violence and hatred. We cry out not in despair, but because we care about the brokenness of the world, and we have hope for change. We stand beside John, asking the world to open its eyes and make a way.
Today the Church remembers Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167.