St. John bears witness to John the Baptist, who bears witness to Jesus as the Messiah. The hard teaching is that the Child must suffer to save.

Am I prepared to bear witness to the saving love of God? How do I appropriate the reality of suffering in light of love? What am I willing to sacrifice in the name of love?

Dear Jesus, help me to welcome You into my heart. May I be enriched by the Spirit So that my words and deeds give witness to God’s love.