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 below is a strong reminder that we are all messengers in some way, shape, form or action. No matter what we do or say, we are sending a message. Whether that message is Good, bad or indifferent is up to us. The great thing about John the Baptist is he was crystal clear about his message and what he was doing. When I think about Mahalia Jackson in today's quote, she was crystal clear that her singing was about You and not about her and how well she could sing. She did not praise herself, she praised You. She was delivering a message and her voice (singing) was the medium. It has been said that "the medium is the message" but if that were the case, then Mahalia's singing would be about her instead of about You, but when I look at her even more closely I see that her voice was the medium and it was a gift from You, which still makes the medium about You, not her. Her voice reflect Your Voice. Oh my dear God, when it is the Truth, it does show up everywhere. It has also been said that the 'medium is not the message, the message is the message.' Mahalia was as clear as John the Baptist was in being a messenger and she delivered that message powerfully and perfectly, just as John did. Loud and proud! Oh how I Love You Father. It always comes back to You, as it should. Thank You so much for the messengers in my Life and for making me one of Your messengers as well. And thank You for reminding me that no matter what I do or say, my actions and reactions are indeed sending a message and I need to be more mindful of the message I am sending.
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
22 After this Jesus and His disciples went into the land of Judea; there He remained with them and baptized.
23 John also was baptizing at Ae'non near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized.
24 For John had not yet been put in prison.
25 Now a discussion arose between John's disciples and a Jew over purifying.
26 And they came to John, and said to him, "Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here He is, baptizing, and all are going to Him."
27 John answered, "No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven.
28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before Him.
29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease."
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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