John the Baptist is one of the most remarkable figures in the bible. Never seeming to care much about his own reputation, John insists over and over that his role is clear, simple and straightforward. He must recognize the Christ, the Messiah of God, and get out of the way. We could all learn from him.
Along the way of more than 50 years of Capuchin life, I have met many John the Baptist's. Some were church sacristans and ushers; others were people who week after week visited nursing homes and hospitals simply because it was the right thing to do. They did not expect recognition or praise. They wanted only to serve God in the sick and needy.
As we enter more deeply into ordinary time in the liturgical calendar, take a few moments to pray and be grateful for all those unseen and humble people who make your life easier and fuller. Pray for volunteers everywhere who want only to help others know God by drawing no attention to themselves or their good deeds.
Who are the people you most remember in gratitude because of their kindness and generosity?