“How is it going?” “Oh, I’m plugging along.”
Christians do not “plug-along”. Christians thrive because the spirit of the Living God is not only within them, God guides them. For that reason, St. Paul, in the Letter to the Thessalonians says, “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil.”
In John’s Gospel, we hear once again, of St. John the Baptist. In the verses that precede our reading, the Evangelist tells us that Jesus is the Light for the human race. When the Baptist speaks, he announces that he was not the light, but came to testify to the light.
The Gospel also tells us that Jesus is the “Word.” “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things came to be through Him [the Word.] St. John the Baptist understood that he was not the Word; he was the “voice.”