This morning’s gospel (Jn. 3: 22-30) is a testimony to the greatness of John the Baptist, seen in his deep humility. That sounds like a contradiction but if we remember that humility is really knowing and telling the truth, it makes total sense. His disciples are confused because it seems that Jesus is winning over many disciples that previously would have been loyal to John. They come to John who reminds them of his testimony that he was only the “one who was sent before” Jesus. His analogy is a wonderful bridal image. He says, “The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.” That speaks to me of a wonderful relationship – brotherhood or friendship – in which each has his place and both know what those are. Knowing that such a relationship exists between himself and Jesus, and yet that it differs from all others, he goes a step further in a wonderful line that pushes us to recognize our own place in relationship with Christ, our friend and brother. To become our true selves, we must recognize that he is at the heart of all we are as true human beings whose destiny is transformation into his light, his life. John says it well. In leaving all pettiness and egotism aside, John asserts, “He must increase; I must decrease.”