Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 3, 22-30
Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea,
where he spent some time with them baptizing.
John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim,
because there was an abundance of water there,
and people came to be baptized,
for John had not yet been imprisoned.
Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew
about ceremonial washings.
So they came to John and said to him,
“Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan,
to whom you testified,
here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.”
John answered and said,
“No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven.
You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ,
but that I was sent before him.
The one who has the bride is the bridegroom;
the best man, who stands and listens for him,
rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.
So this joy of mine has been made complete.
He must increase; I must decrease.”
He spent time with them
1.He spent time with themHe stayed. It is important that you slow down and look for your roots, and that you discover along your path the places and people that make you return to the fundamental point around which your life is centered. Just as there are toxic people who make your life miserable, there are also others who help you stay centered and strengthen you to fulfill your mission. Stay in the places or with the people that do you good. This will help you build your life, to develop your life.
2.Purification. We are always called to purify ourselves and make a path of transformation and conversion. It’s important to carry out an individual process where you can realize what you have done wrong. This is why the sacrament of confession is important beyond the priest who administers it. To purify is to seek a path of good intentions, make changes and experience inner effort to convert.
3.Union. In today’s gospel Christians are reminded that we must be united and walk together. It is incredible that people from the same parish or the same movement should fight one another because one is on the right or left, conservative or progressive, because one puts his hands like this or like that, etc. We need to be united so that others believe us and accept us.
God bless you and be with you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Remember, Heaven is our goal!