Posted by: livingscripture | December 16, 2009

Third Wednesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day


Are you the one who is to come or should we look for another?

                                           Luke 7: 19

 How should we live this Word

 Today the Liturgy presents John the Baptist’s question.  For the Jews, it was a basic question both for those times and for people of every epoch of history.  ‘Are you the one who is to come or should we look for another?’  At the moment of Jesus’ baptism, John had intuited something of his cousin’s mission.  Now, perhaps spurred on by his disciples, John asks for a word of confirmation.  Either Jesus is the Messiah or He is only another prophet who prepares the way of the Messiah. 

 John’s disciples approach Jesus while He is curing many of their illnesses, of their spiritual infirmities, the blind.  Jesus does not answer them directly but He invites them to interpret His actions in the light of the messianic signs announced by the prophets.  Isaiah foretells that ‘He will break unjust fetters, undo the thongs of the yoke, let the oppressed go free, break all yokes…sharing food with the hungry, sheltering the homeless poor, clothing the naked.’  (58: 6ff)

 The answer is clear for John.  He can sing with the aged Simeon, ‘Now, Master, you are letting your servant go in peace as you promised.’  (Luke 2, 29)  For John’s disciples and for the crowd, the answer is a revelation of the truth of Jesus.  It is a strong invitation to faith and to conversion of life.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will rejoice with John’s disciples for this clear revelation of the Kingdom of God in Jesus!

Lord Jesus, may Your Kingdom come in me, in my family, in my community, in my workplace, in my school.  Come Lord, because You are Peace!

 The voice of Rainero Cantalamessa, contemporary witness

 Between John’s message and that of Jesus there is something so decisive that it constitutes a split between the two epochs.  The center of history is moved.  The most important thing is no longer the future that is more or less imminent but the here and now, in the kingdom that is already operative.

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