NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
Luke 1:57-66. 80
THEME: FIDELITY AS A CHRISTIAN IDENTITY
Beloved in Christ, today we celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist with a call on us to live a life worthy of our Christian calling. This has become necessary because even though more and more people describe themselves as Christians, we are still battling with lack of love and an increase in crime in our society.
Beloved in Christ, the life and ministry of John the Baptist tells us that believing alone is not enough, we must express what we believe in concrete life situation.
In fact, we are to live what we believe. For instance, to fulfil the reason for his birth (prepare a people for the messiah); John the Baptist challenged the society of his time with the truth and it is this that led to his death.
My dear friends, like John the Baptist, Isaiah in the first reading tells us there is a reason to our birth, therefore, we cannot live anyhow. For ours is a call to fidelity, no matter the consequences.
But unfortunately many Christians today are not driven by the charge to reflect God’s glory; rather they are motivated by the state of their stomach. The Christian of today cannot die for the truth because he is a stomach driven Christian. Hence, if saying the truth will affect the condition of his stomach, the Christian of today will pretend not to know the truth.
This notwithstanding, the truth though comes with the consequences of pain and rejection, it is always vindicated in the end.
For this reason, though fidelity will always come with a price it is better to live for God than for man.