Posted by: frburke23 | December 16, 2015

Thought for Wednesday, 3rd Week of Advent

LUKE 7:18B-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 should we look 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 should we look for another?'”
At that time Jesus cured many 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 the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”
It seems odd that John would have to send messengers to Jesus to ask Him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” For one, John recognized the presence of Jesus when they were both in the wombs of their mothers. John seemed to know who Jesus was the whole time.

Maybe John meant for his disciples to experience Jesus’ presence for themselves so that they would know that Jesus was the Messiah. Remember… many people thought that John was the Messiah. Many followed him and were baptized by him. He had a loyal following. So John needed to do all he could to show people that Jesus was the One. He was not worthy to untie the sandals of Jesus.

I can only imagine what it was like when these followers of John met Jesus. Imagine what they felt as they looked into His eyes and heard His voice. They must have felt His love and their hearts were moved by His humility. And they heard about the blind being able to see and the lame walking. I am sure that their allegiance that day changed from John to Jesus. John tried to tell them, “I am not the one”, but many probably didn’t believe him. They needed to meet Jesus in order that their hearts be changed.

Many of us have heard about Jesus, but have we met Jesus personally?
Has your heart been transformed by being friends with Jesus?
Imagine you are there with the other disciples. You hear His voice, witness His acts, look into His eyes, feel his love and mercy….
What happens to your heart as He gazes upon you in love?

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke
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