The Gospel According to Luke 7:18-23
At that time, John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” When the men came to the Lord, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” At that time Jesus cured many people of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind. And Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”
Reflection: Why is John sending his disciples to ask Jesus if he is the one that everyone has been waiting for as fore told in the scripture. Doesn’t John already know who Jesus is? Of course, he does. And who are the two disciples that were chosen for this mission, and why? We read in John 1:11, “He came to his own, and his own people did not accept him.” John the Baptist knew exactly who he was sending and why he was sending them. These two disciples may have been unsure of who Jesus ‘truly’ was.
The best way to convince a large group of people is to get the loudest, and the most critical people, to accept their way of thinking. Once they experienced and witnessed these miracles firsthand, the two disciples knew, not only in their minds but also in their hearts, what John the Baptist knew when he leaped in his mother’s womb.
When did you realize the truth? Has there ever been any doubt along your faith journey? The best time to pray is when we begin to doubt or get confused. Prayer is the best way to establish our relationship with God.
Action of the Day: When we were young and had problems, we could always rely on our mother for comfort and sound advice. Jesus gives us His mother to do the same. During this Advent season as we prepare for the birth of our Savior, spend time with your rosary and give thanks to Mother Mary for her ‘Yes’.