Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church
Reading 11 Jn 2:22-28; Gospel Jn 1:19-28
The previous day’s reflection has enlightened us to become aware of the relationship with our creator, to overcome our ignorance and to become receptive to the heavenly realities in our lives. Still we find ourselves in certain situations which do not allow us to live our lives fully and meaningfully. One such situation is the identity Crisis. Every one of us at a certain point of our life has faced this crisis. It’s a moment where we question our very existence and the purpose of our life. In this moment we often find ourselves helpless and hopeless. This helplessness and hopelessness leads us to create a fake identity, so that we may be recognized by the world. As a result, we slowly lose our own identity and start assuming a fake identity and thus leading amiserable life.
The gospel of today presents to us John the Baptist who created his own identity and lived accordingly. He never worried about how world recognized him; rather he was faithful to his call and mission. When the people mistook him for the Messiah and asked him who he was?, he very clearly identified himself as the forerunner of the Messiah. He could have very well gained popularity by saying that he was messiah because people believed in his words. He did not do so, rather he identified himself as even less than the one who was going to come. He was clear that he had to decrease and Jesus must increase; he made the famous statement (Jn 1:27 I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal). He was not afraid to identify his real self to the world because he feared the God who created him and was faithful to the call that was given to him.
Letus thus first take a resolution to remove the mask and the fake identity we have created for ourselves and accept our true identity and tell the world that we no more fear the world and are in any way worried about what the world thinks. We are Gods children and that is our identity.”