Homily (Reflection) for Saturday after Epiphany of the Lord (12th January, 2019)

1Jn 5:14-21;
Ps 149:1-6.9. (R. v. 4);
Jn 3:22-30.
Topic: When others progress.
John the Baptist was told by his disciples in today’s gospel, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptising, and all are going to him” (Jn 3:26). Although this report could be terrifying (cf. Matt 2:2-3) but he said to them:
No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease (Jn 3:27-30).
John the Baptist is not unaware that blessings come from God, cf. 1Cor 4:7. In the Acts of the Apostles, Gamaliel recounted to his fellow Jews how many had risen claiming to be the Messiah and how each of them ended up. He therefore advised them to let the disciples be that it will fail if it is of human origin. Again that they would not be able to overthrow them if it is of God rather they would be fighting God, cf. Acts 5:34-39. We remember what Herod did when he heard that a new king was born, cf. Matt 2:1-18. Yet he did not succeed in eliminating the new born king.
We should rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn, cf. Rom 12:15. Trying to pull others down is a fight against God who uplifts. Help others progress.
Bible Reading: 1Cor 4:6-7; Rom 12:9-21.
Thought for today: It is God who uplifts.
Let us pray: May God help us rejoice with others when things go well with them and look onto God for whatever good we desire – Amen.
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