Message from Deacon Tim Schulz
Here I am, Lord: I Come to do Your Will!! In the 2nd reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, Paul starts by explaining who he is; an apostle of Christ Jesus. He is letting us know from the beginning of the letter that he is a humble servant of the Lord. Likewise, in the gospel from St. John that John the Baptist sees Jesus and announces his coming, by saying: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” He goes on to remind us: He is the one of whom I said: “A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.” Both John the Baptist and Paul are telling us to prepare for the coming of Christ; the Lamb of God, who was sent to save the world from sin and death.
Now the question is: How do we prepare for the Lamb of God?” We might best answer this question by going back to the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah whom God told: “You are my servant Israel, through whom I show my glory.” God did not divinely inspire the scriptures so they hidden away in a safe place. No, the scriptures are alive, meant to be lived by every person. For that reason, we should take this passage from Isaiah, and live it out in our daily lives; directing all we do for His greater glory. That is exactly what Christ did when he humbled himself by taking on human flesh; being like us in all ways, except for sin. Jesus was an example for us of how to live life as a servant of God; to the point of giving himself for love of us.
The responsorial psalm: “Here I am Lord, I come to do your will,” should be our response to the coming of the Lamb of God, because that is what God is calling us to do. He is calling us to be the priests, prophets, and kings he anointed us to be at our baptisms. We can only live out our calling if we acknowledge that we are His daughters and sons; and then let the grace of God work in us by serving the Church, and our brothers and sisters who are in need of material and spiritual assistance. Therefore, it is important that we understand God is calling us to be St. Paul and John the Baptist by giving of ourselves for the good of our neighbor; announcing the “Good News,” and being the light of Christ for all those we encounter in our daily lives. It is also important that we go out doing his work in the same way he came to serve us; with humble and loving hearts!!