John 1:6-8, 19-28
6 There was a man sent by God, whose name was John.
7 He arrived as a witness to offer testimony about the Light, so that all would believe through him.
8 He was not the Light, but he was to offer testimony about the Light.
19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to him, so that they might ask him, "Who are you?"
20 And he confessed it and did not deny it; and what he confessed was: "I am not the Christ."
21 And they questioned him: "Then what are you? Are you Elijah?" And he said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No."
22 Therefore, they said to him: "Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?"
23 He said, "I am a voice crying out in the desert, 'Make straight the way of the Lord,' just as the prophet Isaiah said."
24 And some of those who had been sent were from among the Pharisees.
25 And they questioned him and said to him, "Then why do you baptize, if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, and not the Prophet?"
26 John answered them by saying: "I baptize with water. But in your midst stands one, whom you do not know.
27 The same is he who is to come after me, who has been placed ahead of me, the laces of whose shoes I am not worthy to loosen."
28 These things happened in Bethania, across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
16 Rejoice always.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 Give thanks in everything. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for all of you.
19 Do not choose to extinguish the Spirit.
20 Do not spurn prophecies.
21 But test all things. Hold on to whatever is good.
22 Abstain from every kind of evil.
23 And may the God of peace himself sanctify you through all things, so that your whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved without blame unto the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 He who has called you is faithful. He shall act even now.
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