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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 2, 2022

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TUESDAY, August 2

John 1:19 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

“Who am I?” I ask myself as I sign into a website. Too often, I have to rummage through my list of identifications and passwords so that I can order groceries, read an online book, or board an airplane. Sometimes my ID has expired, and I’m not sure who I really am!

That’s very different from John the Baptist, who, confronted by priests and Levites, confidently proclaims who he is not. He is not the Messiah, not Elijah, not the prophet. He gives no name, identifying himself only as a voice “crying out in the wilderness,” crying for all to hear, crying for us to hear.

What counts is not who John is, but who Christ is. “Make straight the way of the Lord,” John proclaims as he leads us through the wilderness onto the path of new life, where, with Christ’s help, we realize who we really are. Our identity has little to do with power or popularity. What matters is that we become so open to God’s spirit that we, like John, learn to walk the path and show others the way.

MOVING FORWARD: Who are you, in Christ?

PRAY for the Diocese of Mauritius, Indian Ocean

Ps 78:1-39 * 78:40-72 | Judges 7:1-18 | Acts 3:1-11 | John 1:19-28

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