Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

Reflection based on Luke 7: 18b - 23

You Have Seen and Heard

In today's Gospel, John the Baptist sends two of his disciples to Jesus to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" Jesus tells the disciples to draw on their own experience: "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard," after which he cites the healings he has performed and the preaching of the good news to the poor.

From the beginning of his ministry, Jesus manifests the mystery of who he is. Those who are not disposed to believe will always be able to find some excuse for rejecting him. But to those who encounter him with the hope that God's love might be found concretely in the midst of the world, it is clear. If the miracles of Jesus are mere stories added by the disciples after the resurrection in order to bolster their claim that Jesus was God, then the Gospels would lose all credibility.

Jesus means to be recognized by his miracles. He responds to John's disciples by telling them that these actions are the proof of who he is, the proof that God is at work in the world. These acts of transcendent and compassionate power touch us even today through the Gospel, so that we too might "see" and "hear" the good news through faith.

John Janaro


Heavenly Father, you sent your Son Jesus to preach the good news of salvation and to manifest your divine compassion. Give us the grace to see and hear his wonderful presence in our lives.

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