For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading is a wonderful reminder to be clear about what I am saying and to be clear of how I am supposed to say it. John the Baptist was clear as a bell, not only as to who he was, but to who he was not. He was also clear about his mission and what he was supposed to say. He was so clear in his relationship with You that he was bold, clear and loud about it. I Love that! Thank You so much for this wonderful reminder to always be bold in Your Name and to never back down or move aside from an opportunity to speak Your Truth. Your Truth is my Truth.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
19 And this is the testimony of John. When the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites (to him) to ask him, "Who are you?"
20 he admitted and did not deny it, but admitted, "I am not the Messiah."
21 So they asked him, "What are you then? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No."
22 So they said to him, "Who are you, so we can give an answer to those who sent us? What do you have to say for yourself?"
23 He said: "I am 'the voice of one crying out in the desert, "Make straight the way of the Lord,"' as Isaiah the prophet said."
24 Some Pharisees were also sent.
25 They asked him, "Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah or Elijah or the Prophet?"
26 John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize,
27 the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie."
28 This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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