December 14, 2013

3rd Sunday of Advent - A

Matthew 11: 2 – 11

We Are Not There Yet

John the Baptist did what was right.  Moreover, he carried out God’s will for him – calling people to repent in order to prepare the way of the Lord (Last week’s Gospel, Matthew 3: 1 – 12).

He fulfilled his mission as the messenger promised by the prophets.

Jesus himself acknowledges John’s greatness.

Yet, he is now in prison because he challenged King Herod to live God’s law.

No wonder John asks Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”

John seems to be asking, “Why are things not the way I think they should be?”  Or, “Is my life, or what I did, a waste?”

In response, Jesus points to the age of God’s Kingdom that is beyond John’s vision.

In some ways, we live the reality John the Baptist experienced.   We are living now the Reign of God, which was begun by Christ’s first coming.  Yet, that Reign has not reached its completion.  Thus, sufferings, trials, and the cross.

Do we allow bad things in life open our eyes and our hearts to the great promise of the fulfilment of God’s Reign? 

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