John 1: 29-42

The American actress and entrepreneur Texas Guinan once said that a politician was someone who would lay done your life for their country[1].  The US statesman Adlai Stevenson similarly remarked that a politician was a person who approached every situation with an open mouth[2].  I mention these two observations because in today’s reading from John’s Gospel, things get decidedly political; indeed, John uses the event of Jesus’ Baptism to make some pointedly political observations about Jesus’ identity.  But even as he does so, he also draws our attention to the difference between who Jesus is and how politics in human society frequently plays itself out. Continue reading “John 1: 29-42”

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John 1: 10-18

It would be an understatement to say that we live in an age of anxiety, and one of the matters about which we are most anxious is the issue of identity.  The technological revolution that has given us the internet, near-instant communications, and a plethora of news and information sources, has also presented unprecedented opportunities for the invasion of our privacy, the unauthorised accessing of our personal information, and even the theft of our identity.  And in an age in which the world is interconnected in ways our forebears could not have previously imagined, so that what happens on Wall Street or in Beijing has consequences for people living on the other side of the planet, we cling to the tropes of nation and state and city and suburb while a little voice in our minds whispers that perhaps these have all become irrelevant and redundant. Continue reading “John 1: 10-18”