Whenever an announcement or information that someone close to us is coming to visit, there is joy and excitement. We prepare and we ensure that our guest will feel at home and welcome when the time comes. In our excitement, we often want to get an assurance and ask the question if our visitor is “really coming?”
In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mt. 11: 2-11),
St. John the Baptist who was in prison at that time, sent his disciples to
Jesus with this question, “Are you
the one who is to come,
or should we look for another?”
The Lord affirmed John’s question and said
to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”
When they left, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,
“What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces.
He further asked,
Then why did you go out? To see a prophet?
Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.
One of my close friends asked me how is it that whenever I send an insight to her she feels the hand of God in those messages. She would say, “Gosh, another timely message! OK will follow through”.
Again, Yahweh God (First Reading Is. 35: 1-6a, 10) is telling us,
strong, fear not! Here is your God,
He comes with vindication; with divine recompense
He comes to save you.”
In this Advent Season, whatever you are experiencing at the moment, let us remove all feelings of hopelessness and anxieties. The Lord has affirmed He is coming and has always reminded us of His abiding presence. In confidence and trust, let us keep hoping and praying for grace and wisdom. By constant prayer and reflection, we can be more sensitive to the leadings of His Spirit to guide us through this challenging times.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” (Is. 61:1, Lk. 4: 18)
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