December 11, 2010
3rd Sunday of Advent - A
What you hear and see
Jesus tells John the Baptist's disciples very clear signs of the Kingdom of God: "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."
Those are incredible miracles that show the presence of God's reign.
John the Baptist prepared for the coming of that Kingdom of God. He was the messenger sent ahead of the Messiah to prepare the way.
The time of preparation is now over. We are now living in the Reign of God.
And by God's grace, each of us, member of that Kingdom, is "greater" than John.
However, it's not just about membership. Those who are called and chosen to follow the Messiah are also commissioned to share in the Messiah mission of being and giving sight to those who cannot see, empowering those who cannot walk, cleansing and welcoming the lepers rejected by society, opening the ears of those who cannot hear, giving voice to those who have no voice, bring life to those who live under the spell of death and evil, and proclaiming the good news to the poor.