December 16, 2017
3rd Sunday of Advent - B (December 17, 2017)
“I Am Not”
“I am not…” is not the way that most of us commonly speak of ourselves.
We often emphasize who we are. And sometimes when I say, “I am…” I might not be truthful, but I would rather avoid saying what I am not.
It is probably partly because of my self-centeredness, and partly because of the self-promotion that is so valued in our culture.
Unlike most of us, John the Baptist easily admits, “I am not the Christ,” “I am not Elijah,” and “I am not the Prophet.” He even professes that he is not worthy to untie the Messiah’s sandal strap.
John knows who he truly is because he knows who Christ is.