“Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength, yet my reward is with the LORD, my recompense is with my God.” Real climate change has just dawned upon us. The life, teaching and example of St. John the Baptist can never and should never be erased from our understanding of our own salvation which is found squarely and fundamentally in Jesus Christ. He lived in such a way that everything depended on God, and his whole life was dedicated to preparing the way for the Messiah. So why do we say “climate change?” This is a very interesting aspect of today’s feast.
“What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.” What is most memorable about the life and death of St. John the Baptist is that he was determined to leave behind the legacy of decrease/increase. Jesus must increase in my life and I, that is, my ego and selfishness, must decrease. Even more interesting is how climate and the seasons exhibit this wonderful style of life throughout the year. You see, after today’s feast, the days will start to grow shorter and shorter while conversely after the birth of Christ in only six short months, the days will grow longer and longer, increase, if you will. The hope is that you and I will decrease so that the Lord can shine through us like the morning dawn.
Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you. Andrew Murray