JANUARY 03, 2012
Reading 1: 1 John 2:29-3:6
Psalm: Ps 98:1, 3-4, 5-6
Gospel John 1:29-34
“…but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that He might be made known to Israel.”
GOD brought us to life with mission to fulfill. When I graduated from high school, I really wanted to become a pharmacist. However, my family couldn’t afford to send me to such course; I was forced to take education. After graduation, I had to land a job to help my family financially. Eventually, I have realized that I am really for teaching and this is my purpose and mission. My students make me realize this beautiful reality. I enjoy teaching a lot. This is my mission- to teach students not just the subject but teach them life skills. I like being in front of my class. However, my mission went beyond facilitating classroom activities. I also facilitated seminars, lectures, and even recollections and retreats. As I look back at my 19 years of mission, I appreciated my life as a teacher because the experiences that I had made me a better person today. I know that God brought me to life with the mission to accomplish. I know that He will keep on sending me to missions.
John the Baptist, in this gospel, was sent by God to baptize the Lamb of God. He was sent by God ahead of Jesus. He accomplished a very significant mission for us to be saved. “A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because He existed before me. I don’t know Him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that He might be made known to Israel.” He was very much aware of his purpose before the coming of the Son of God, and he fulfilled his mission without hesitation. Because of him, Jesus was baptized with the Holy Spirit, and indeed, He was made known to Israel.
Let us be like John the Baptist, who is very much willing to do his mission as God asked him to do. What about you, have you realized the mission God has asked you to do? It’s never too late.
MS. LIZA M. GARRIDO
Faculty, SLA Department