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jealous? They don’t even call him Jesus or Messiah. Instead, he’s “the one who

was with you.”

John’s response reminds me of someone who has fulfilled his or her goal. Head

to the finish line of any race and see the elation of the athlete’s crossing the fin-

ish line. That’s how we see John’s face at the end of this reading. His joy was evi-

dent that Jesus will continue, as had been directed. That there is one Baptism for

the forgiveness of sins.


Lord, help us calm our minds

So that when we are in your presence,

We know that we are with you, always.



Paul & Krista Brennan