A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 11:2-11
"When John The Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" Jesus said to them in reply, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: 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. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me. As they were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, "What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces. Then why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you: he will prepare your way before you. Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is great than he." The Gospel of the Lord
+Prayer; Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blessed and in my soul, take up Thy rest. Amen
Expectations can cloud our vision. I recall years ago, when I was a young Sister, stationed in San Francisco at our Aids Hospice 'Gift of Love,' I had heard about a well known priest who was coming to San Francisco University to give a talk. I had read several of his books and was excited to hear him speak. When I came that evening to the talk I remember feeling somewhat disappointed by the contrast of what i pictured and what I actually saw and heard. I was young and impressionable. What did I learn from this? A great deal. I encountered my humanity and weakness which had interfered with my ability to truly see, hear and receive the person before me and listen to what they were saying. It made me think and go much deeper after all, why did I come to the talk in the first place? Perhaps there is some correlation here with the Gospel for this 3rd Sunday of Advent. Jesus asks the crowd (us) six questions, why? What are you seeking? The Lord is directing our gaze to seek and find the most important thing of all in the present moment- Him.
Second optional point of Lectio: "Are you the One who is to come?" John the Baptist is in prison, in a place of great solitude, deprivation, suffering, darkness and perhaps filled with maddening interior dialogues that keep passing through his soul, creating doubts and fears doubts He is seeking a 'light' a drop of consolation, that 'assurance' that it is "THE LORD" that He is near him in the midst of the suffering and He is the one, the Christ. How does Jesus answer the Baptist? Jesus doesn't force nor deprive his free will from making that assent in Faith as to 'Who He Is." When we ponder how deeply our Lord loves John the Baptist "There has been none greater than John the Baptist." yet he allows his journey to continue-as it is- out of reverence for the Father's Will what can I learn from this about my own sufferings in life, right now in the present moment?
Prayer: Lord increase my faith and teach me to pray, I love you Jesus. Amen