Third Sunday of Advent
Reading 1. Is. 35:1-6a, 10; Ps 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10; Reading 2. Jas. 5:7-10; Gospel Mt. 11:2-11
Are you the one who is to come….? This was the verse that struck me most as I read today’s Gospel. To question anybody or anything for that matter, is something that’s part of our nature. Not that I denounce it as something bad, on the contrary, it’s this nature of ours that help us in our quest to seek the purpose of our lives and to realize it.
I too would have asked the same if I were in John the Baptist’s place. And I thank him for having asked such a relevant question; if not we wouldn’t have as much clarity and surety with regard to the person and the mission of Jesus.
We find in the Gospel, Jesus himself putting all doubts to rest by citing those signs that Prophet Isaiah foretold of the Messiah who was to come – those signs which he fulfilled in all its perfection. Isaiah prophesieda Messiah who gave sight to the blind, who healed the deaf,the dumb and the sick, who raised the dead back to life. And all these we find being fulfilled by the Carpenter from Nazareth who was born to a virgin, in a manger at Bethlehem.
May this Christmas find Jesus our Saviour and Redeemer be born in our hearts