Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Parish Message:

Like John the Baptist, we are all called to point the way to Christ.

Scripture tells us that at the time of the Annunciation, Mary's cousin Elizabeth had been pregnant for six months with her son who would become John the Baptist. John said of Jesus and himself, "He must increase; I must decrease" (John 3:30). This saying of John’s has been applied to the seasonal timing of the two births. It has been noted that John was born at the time of the year when the days begin to grow shorter. Jesus, on the other hand, was born just as the days of the year begin to lengthen. Church leaders especially need to pay attention to this message of John’s life. They must use whatever authority and influence they are given, whatever personal popularity they attain to point the way to Christ. It is natural for people to follow leaders, especially popular ones. And these leaders are often tempted to use their authority and popularity to enhance themselves. The authentic Christian leader resists this temptation and is always careful to point away from him/herself to Jesus as our one and only true way to the Father.

Parish Question for Reflection:

In what ways can I imitate John the Baptist, pointing the way to Jesus?

Parish Intention:

As a parish community may we prepare the way for others to encounter Christ as did John the Baptist.