This summer I read through the Gospel of John and one episode latched on to me and I simply couldn't shake it. I reflected. I studied. I even spoke on the passage at our faculty retreat in August. Please indulge me as I share my ruminations with you today (yes, a review for our faculty).
Failure will visit us all from time to time and so will success. John the Baptist knew the excitement and elixir of seeing people get their lives right with God. But as Jesus' ministry gained momentum, John soon became yesterday's story. When asked how he was processing these dramatic shifts in loyalty his response was fascinating, almost self-deprecating and certainly inspired by an unquestionably clear sense of call. The Gospel writer records:
Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew over purification. And they came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness&m...