Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent
The readings for the day can be found here.
[John] was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
As a child, I remember visiting my sister’s godmother. Lydia always smelled of the fragrant spices that she used to craft authentic Chilean food. I sat on her lap in the warm kitchen, wrapped in her arms, surrounded by her love, and listened to her hum songs in my ear. Her simplicity and joy left me at peace.
Jesus recounts testimonies to his divinity in today’s Gospel. John the Baptist testifies with word and action, a “burning and shining lamp” revealing a larger truth than him. Jesus’ works speak to a greater merciful mission. The Scriptures unfold an intricate salvation story. Moses recognizes and passes down a holy plan greater than his understanding.
All these good and beautiful testimonies are never the end of the story. They do not seek the glory. Ultimately, they exist solely to praise and reveal God in the person of Jesus Christ.
The testimonies- especially John the Baptist- remind me of Lydia and other modern-day saints. For a while, I was content to rejoice in her light. Now, I find that she testified to me. My memories of her unconditional love point me beyond this love to the motivator and steady anchor of Lydia’s life- her friendship with Jesus Christ.
If called to testify to our faith today, we choose to act as a burning and shining lamp pointing to Love.
If recognizing testimony today, we are filled with thankfulness and joy at the continued presence of Love in each moment of our life.
Trish Schafer is a junior studying Nursing.