DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. John 3:22-30
Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing. John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
So nice that in the Gospel today we read the testimony of John the Baptist on who is Jesus Christ, the Messiah. He describes Jesus Christ, the Messiah as the Bridegroom and he himself as the friend of the Bridegroom. As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you (Isaiah 62:5).
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit John the Baptist recognizes that Jesus is sent from the Father in heaven the anointed Messiah, sent from the Father in heaven to reunite his people to himself. He acts as the groom’s best man in arranging the marriage and in making preparations for the marriage feast. He now rejoices that the Bridegroom has come to make his bride, the people of God, ready for the marriage feast.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus Christ as the Bridegroom and we are as the friend of the Bridegroom. Jesus’ body and blood has been sacrificed and shed upon the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins, seals us in a new covenant between God and his people. It is a new covenant relationship at the marriage feast of the “Lamb and his Bride” in the New Jerusalem (ref. Revelations 21-22).
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, may we never forget the love you have poured out for us when you shed your blood upon the Cross of Calvary for our sins and for our salvation. May your love always grow in us and your hope fill us with joy as we wait for your return in glory when all of your people will be fully united with you at your heavenly banquet feast in the New Jerusalem forever and ever. Amen.