John the Baptist is asked a series of questions in today’s gospel passage. Interestingly, every answer that he gives is in reference to the Messiah. He is asked, “Who are you?” and he answers “I am not the Christ.” When he is asked, “What do you have to say for yourself?” he answers that he has to “make straight the way of the Lord.” The answers offered by John bring home the following thought very strongly: the identity of every individual is always in reference to Christ.
We are living in an era where the search for identity is intense. Some run after money while a few strive after name and fame. Some realize their identity in ruling over others, while others by becoming slaves of someone or something. The gospel invitation of the day is to discover our identity in relation to Christ.
Who are we in relation to Jesus Christ: a disciple, an apostle, a slave, an evangelist, a missionary, an exorcist, a prophet or a preacher? This is the day to reflect about it. The first reading of the day presents a beautiful identity: to be children of God by remaining in Him.
Having Jesus as our reference of point and source of identity, we have every reason to live for and every purpose to strive for. Let our Father guide us, the little children.