Rejoice

John 3:25-30
Now a discussion arose between John’s disciples and a Jew over purifying. 
And they came to John, and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here he is, baptizing, and all are going to him.” 
John answered, “No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven. 
You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him. 
He who has the bride is the bridegroom; the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full. 
He must increase, but I must decrease.” 

Homily:
We are inclined to compare, inclined to measure up, inclined to compete. Those around us feed our inclinations.

It doesn’t help that most of us do not find out who we are, until death comes knocking. Even when we know who we are, doubt creeps in often, because it always seems more is required.

This limits us from truly rejoicing with others. Not because we hate them, but because our desires are misaligned with our purpose. Our desires keep trying to measure up.

As we have not rejoiced with others, we neither know what rejoicing feels like, nor what to rejoice at in our lives. We ignore our blessings, they seem inadequate, late or mismatched.

There are a lot of wonders within you awaiting revelation. To explore, let the will of God increase in your life and let your will decrease.

There is no competition.

Who you are, is all you need. Rejoice.