“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” 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 salvation which is found squarely and fundamentally in Jesus Christ. St. John the Baptist lived so 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.
“He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.” 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 the 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 just six short months, the days will grow longer and longer, increase, if you will. I hope 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