Whenever I read this passage I’m struck by John’s crystal clear understanding:
He understands who he’s not:
Are you the Christ? No. Are you Elijah? No. The Prophet? No.
He understands who he is:
He’s just a voice testifying about Jesus, whose “sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
And he understands his place in the story.
He understands that he’s part of a long line of faithful people who have looked to God in their search for shalom.
What we don’t get to hear is how John came to the place of clarity. That must have been a fascinating process.
“Miracles may show me the saint, they do not show me how he became a saint: and that is what I want to see. It is not the completed process that intrigues me: it is the process itself… Tell me what was churning in his soul as he battled his way up from selfishness and the allurements of sin to the great heart of God.”
– M. Raymond, O.C.S.O
May God bless your process of understanding of your identity and your place in this great story.