Tag: He must increase

BIRTH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST: 24 June

St John the Baptist is patron saint of interior change, of conversion.   His message can be summed up in his own statement, “I must decrease, but he (Christ) must increase.”   This is the shortest, the clearest, the best summary of the Christian life in the New Testament.   It is what monastic life is all about.   It is the radical rule of life for all Christians.    It is the most important God-given rubric for priests who celebrate Mass.

The vocation of st John the Baptist  is a prophetic one.   He called on the people of his time to completely change their priorities in preparation for the coming of Christ; and, through the liturgy, his challenge is addressed to us.

He challenges us to radically change in those areas of our lives where Christ has not yet been invited in or where he has been quietly squeezed out.   He warns us that there is no time or room for delay or for beating about the bush.   The time for conversion is now.

All of us have a vocation.   Like Jeremiah and St John the Baptist, each of us was called by God while still in our mother’s womb, to do things in harmony with the Holy Spirit that we could never have done by ourselves.   We have even been called to do things that we dont know we are doing.   Once we put ourselves in his hands, God uses us whether we know it or not.