It’s hard to visit people who are seriously sick and dying. We feel awkward about what we should say. Sometimes we offer this excuse: “I don’t want to remember them this way. I want to remember them when they were healthy.” The problem is, our visit to the sick and dying is not about us. It’s about them.
John the Baptist teaches us this. He always pointed away from himself and pointed instead to Christ. John said, “My life is not about me. It’s about preparing the way for the Lord.”
We think about ourselves too much, either because we think we are so important or because we think we are worthless. We think we are so holy or that we are such sinners. Either way, we’re thinking too much about us. So who are we to be? Nothing more than “a voice crying out: prepare the way for the Lord.”