The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens to him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase, I must decrease.

(John 3: 29)

Good morning, Lord. Thank you for this chance to rest in you. Please work in and through me. Prepare my soul to receive you in the Eucharist this evening. Father, bless me. Spirit, guide me. Jesus, come to me.

You are the bridegroom, my Jesus, and this is your wedding day. We, the church, are your bride. John is your best man, your best friend. He is there to serve you, not to compete. How he rejoices to witness this blessed union.

He has fulfilled his mission of announcing you. He has presented you as the one who was to come. Now he makes way for you, knowing he must decrease. Even before his birth, John witnessed to you, leaping in his mother’s womb at your presence.

I want to give my life over to you as he did. It is not about me; it has never been about me, even when I was young and full of hubris, thinking I could control my life. How much happier I am now that I can see more clearly that you are my purpose. I still stumble, of course, but when I pause to examine what is important, I am closer to the person you made me to be. I still see “through a glass, darkly,” but I am less distracted by my own reflection and more aware of your light. Please help me to shed my pretenses and find myself in you.

Today, I will try to remember that it is you, not I, who sacrifice; you who sing and pray through me, and you who invite me to worship you. Thy will be done.

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