Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious – Year C




Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious – Year C

Today’s Audio Mass Readings – Lectionary: 207

1st Reading – 1 JN 3:7-10

Children, let no one deceive you.
The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,
just as he is righteous.
Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,
because the Devil has sinned from the beginning.
Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil.
No one who is begotten by God commits sin,
because God’s seed remains in him;
he cannot sin because he is begotten by God.
In this way,
the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;
no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God,
nor anyone who does not love his brother.

Responsorial Psalm – PS 98:1, 7-8, 9

R. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy before the LORD.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
The LORD comes;
he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Alleluia – HEB 1:1-2

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets:
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel – JN 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher),
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah,” which is translated Christ.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas,” which is translated Peter.

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Pointing Others to Jesus

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. John 1:35-37

Imagine if John would have so loved the attention that he was getting from everyone that he decided to keep it to himself. Imagine if he decided that he could become “king” if he played his cards right. Imagine if he became so self-consumed with his own popularity that he did not want to point others to Jesus and run the risk of losing them to Him. Of course, that’s not what happened. What happened is that John fulfilled his role beautifully, preparing the way for Jesus and pointing others to Him when the time was right.

In this passage above, John turns the eyes of two of his followers to our Lord. He says to them, “Behold, the Lamb of God…” They see Jesus and leave John.

Perhaps that experience was bittersweet for John. Perhaps he felt the loss of his followers on one level. But any experience of loss would have been transformed and alleviated by the joy of knowing that he was fulfilling the purpose of his life by pointing others to Christ.

So it must be with us. It’s easy to get self-consumed in life. It’s easy to want all the attention and, when we receive it, it’s hard to let it go. But true Christian love is always selfless. It is always focused on our Lord and it always points others to Jesus. John set a wonderful example of this life of virtue, we are called to do the same.

Reflect, today, upon those who are in your life. Do you seek their attention for your own selfish sake? Or do you rejoice in the many opportunities you have to point them to Jesus? By pointing others to our Lord you will be satisfied beyond any selfishness and will be rewarded beyond measure.

Lord, help me to constantly look for ways to point those in my life to You. Help me to be selfless and sacrificial at all times. Help me to realize that love is all about You and is all about helping others come to know You and follow You. When that requires sacrifice on my part, help me to embrace that sacrifice with wholehearted joy and zeal. Jesus, I trust in You.

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