VIGIL OF ST. JOHN BAPTIST.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST himself, in reference to our Lord, stands as the Vigil to the Feast. He simply leads to Christ. Except the Lord had followed, he had not come.
His aspect is austere, Christ's winning.
He is the salient figure of repentance: Christ the pure embodiment of Love.
Repentance is valueless, except it ends in love.
What indeed is there of any value, except it foster love?
And what Saint will profit us one whit, except he helps us nearer to Christ Who is Incarnate Love?
"God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."
"John stood, and two of his disciples; and looking upon Jesus as He walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!"