(Spiritual Reflection for November 13, 2020 Church Bulletin)
“Who are you?” It is the question John the Baptist is asked by the priest from Jerusalem and the Levites in today’s Gospel. John answers first by telling us who he is not; “I am not the Christ.” John the Baptist then tells his inquisitors who he is: “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert.” John is quoting from the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. He is giving an answer the priest and Levites will recognize. John the Baptist further elaborates on his answer by stating there is one coming after him that he is not even worthy to untie the strap of his sandal.
How would you answer if asked “Who are you?” Maybe we would give our name or give our occupation. Our answer could describe how we see ourselves; father, mother, husband, wife. During these last days of this Advent season I would suggest we first answer the question that Jesus asked his disciples “But who do you say that I am?”
We answer Jesus' question by our actions and thoughts. Does the spirit of our Lord God permeate our every waking moment? Our very souls should proclaim the greatness of the Lord. On this Gaudete Sunday we should rejoice in God our Savior. When asked "Who are you", let your answer to the question Jesus ask his disciples, describe who you are.