This Sunday is a joyful reminder that our salvation is near. Today we hear John the Baptist speak about his relationship to the coming Messiah, Jesus. This week John the Baptist sends his disciples to ask Jesus whether Jesus is the one the Israelites have been waiting for, Jesus responds to John by pointing to the miracles that he has worked. Even the dead are raised. And he invites John and the other hearers to make their own determination. In his next breath, however, Jesus praises John for his role in preparing the way for Jesus. Then Jesus says that all of those who work for the Kingdom of God will be as great as John and even greater. And for many us this thought is deeply comforting.
OUR PRAYER FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT MIGHT BE
Jesus you make the blind see.
Help us see our neighbors’ needs.
You open deaf ears to hear.
Please open our ears to hear the cry of the poor.
You made the lepers clean.
Clean us too, we beg, of the many wrongs we do
and the right things we fail to do.
Our mute tongues want to sing your praise.
We want to leap for joy like a stag.
Heal us. “rejoice.” . .
Enjoy your day! Deacon John