Gospel: Luke 7:18-23
"At that time John summoned two of His disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask; "Are you the one who is to come, or should be look for another?" When the men came to the Lord, they said. "John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" At that time, Jesus cured, many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind. And Jesus said to them in reply. "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard, 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"
A few points of reflection: Its so interesting to see this great man of God (John) lead his disciples in the way that is the wisest of all, they must find Jesus themselves and come to know who He is, not based upon what John says or anyone else, but based upon their own encounter with Christ. They will need this deep personal conviction for the future. John sends them on a mission so that possibly they become convicted of what they must do next and where the Will of God is leading them. He. John wants them to reach this on their own. And the second point is this, as we watch and listen to our Lord, Jesus does not say who He is when He is asked by John disciples, He identifies Himself with the works He is doing, that they may know who He IS by what He does (goodness). What is Jesus doing in this passage? He is restoring wholeness! of body, mind, soul! How free Jesus leaves each one of us, He does not force Himself and who He is, He leaves us utterly free to receive or not receive Him-He is Mercy, Love, Healing.
Prayer: Lord Jesus I believe, help my unbelief. I have come to believe and I am convinced that you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God, come into my soul dear Lord, come into my mind, my heart and restore the wholeness of my being, that I truly may live in you, the life the joy, the fullness you intend, the life of wholeness-holiness in You. Amen