All week long, we get a double-dose of St. John, as both readings will be from his writings. In today’s Gospel reading from John 1, we see John the Baptist admitting that he is “the voice of one crying out in the desert, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’ ”
In the first reading today from 1 John 2, St. John writes, “Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that he made us: eternal life.” That’s a pretty big promise.
Since the beginning of time, people have been on a quest for eternal life. The search for the fountain of youth continues on. Unfortunately, these folks are looking for eternal life while still wrapped in their mortal body. Sorry, but that’ll never happen. There is, though, eternal life. How do we know? As St. John tells us, Jesus promised this. Eternal life will not include our current bodies. But if we remain in Jesus and in the Father, our eternal life will be far greater than anything we can ever experience while walking around on the planet.
Father, help us to remain in Jesus and in you. Help us to keep our sights fixed on the eternal life that is to come. Amen.