Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Advent

Luke 7:18-23

The Messengers from John the Baptist

Vincent Van Gogh, in his Letters, said: “I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things. Love a friend, a wife, something, whatever you like…. That man will know there is God; he will surely believe it.”

In today’s gospel John summons two of his disciples while he is in prison and sends them to the Lord to ask: “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Is he doubting if Jesus really the Messiah and yet he recognized Him while inside the womb (Lk 1:44)?

Let us always remember that St. John is a human being like all of us. And also when you are in prison, you are, most probably, lonely, discouraged and fearful. If he has had an opportunity to preach again, there would have been a different quality, I think. His presence would have been much more like that of Jesus. What probably makes him doubt that Jesus is indeed “the one who is to come?” it can be the word of the prophet Isaiah, in his mind, who said: “God comes to save you…. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb will sing,” (35:4-6). To satisfy him and not to doubt again, Jesus presents His miracles as signs that what Isaiah had said is fulfilled through His miracle works. That He Himself is the long-awaited Messiah. Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 547 also said: Jesus accompanies His words with many ‘mighty works and wonders and signs,’ which manifest that the kingdom is present in Him and attest that He was the promised Messiah.”

See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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