Many of us struggle with the concept of being outwardly faithful and helping others to understand the warmth of the light of life and fire of the Holy Spirit that fills us. Often, we are fearful of what others will think of us; we don't like to be embarrassed or ridiculed for our beliefs. But what is the worst that could happen? Those who laugh or point fingers in disgust are the very ones we need to reach. We may not immediately see that we've reached them, but at some point that light we enjoy may also shine on them. Truly, it would be worse if we were able to show that light, and yet did nothing. Today's Gospel reading from John is the story of the questioning of St. John the Baptist by the priests and Levites of Jerusalem. They mocked him, asking if he was the prophet Elijah, or any other prophet for that matter. After all, what right did he have to claim to know something about the coming of the long-awaited Messiah? He was just a man who spent his days among sinners, baptizing them in the waters of the Jordan. Who was he? "I am 'the voice of one crying out in the desert, "Make straight the way of the Lord'" as Isaiah the prophet said." That's who he was. John was not afraid to profess who he was or in whose name he gave great glory. We are taught in the Catechism, "The disciple of Christ must not only keep the faith and live on it, but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it, and spread it" (CCC 1816). John might have simply lived his life knowing his belief in God and Jesus Christ would be enough for his salvation, yet he went further. In this season of Advent, challenge yourself to not only live your faith, but to share in its great joy with others.