Rev. Stanley M. Moczydlowski, M.B.A., M. Div. (Fr. Stan)
June 23/24, 2018
What made John the Baptist the greatest of all the prophets, as Jesus declared? Was it his personality? No. Was it the ascetical way of life he lived? No. What made him the greatest of all the prophets was the role he played in the great drama of salvation. He was the only one who heralded Jesus’ coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel, as we heard today. He was the one who would - quite literally - point to Jesus as the Lamb of God.
It was the role of John the Baptist to point out the tremendous reality of God’s word-made-flesh and dwelling among us. John the Baptist showed us that God’s chosen one, God’s anointed one - was actually here. No other prophet had that privilege. No other prophet could point to God’s living presence among us in actuality.
This is also the remarkable moment when the Old Testament meets the New Testament, and all that God has given us in the Old Testament is being crowned by all that he would give us in the New. Isaiah prophesied that Israel would be brought back to God and the survivors restored, so that the Lord’s salvation might reach to the ends of the earth. Now this child, called John by his father is born to Elizabeth and Zechariah to prepare the way for the Lord.
Each one of us shares in John’s prophetic calling, through our baptism. By our lives, by our words, by our deeds, we too are called to manifest his presence in our lives. We are called to point out to others that Jesus Christ is alive and well, risen from the dead and present to those around us.
None of us will be the greatest prophet, but that does not mean we cannot be a very, very good one
God bless you,