Tuesday, December 15, 2015


WEDNESDAY, 3rd Week of Advent

December 16, 2015 WEDNESDAY, 3rd Week of Advent
[Misa de Gallo – White, with Gloria]
Is 45:6c – 8, 18, 23  - 24 / Lk 7:18b – 23

Reading: Is 45:6c – 8, 18, 23 - 24
     I am Yahweh, and there is no other. I form the light and create the dark; I usher in prosperity and bring calamity. I, Yahweh, do all this.
     Let the heavens send righteousness like dew and the clouds rain it down. Let the earth open and salvation blossom, so that justice also may sprout; I, Yahweh, have created it.
     Yes, this is what Yahweh says, he who created the heavens, for he is God, who formed and shaped the earth, for he himself set it: "I did not let confusion in it, I wanted people to live there instead" for I am Yahweh and there is no other.
     By my own self I swear it, and what comes from my mouth is truth, a word I say will not be revoked. Before me every knee will bend, by me every tongue will swear, saying, "In Yahweh alone are righteousness and strength." 
     All who have raged against him will come to him in shame.
Gospel: Lk 7:18b - 23
     The disciples of John gave him all this news. So he called two of them and sent them to the Lord with this message, "Are you the one we are expecting, or should we wait for another?" These men came to Jesus and said, "John the Baptist sent us to ask you: Are you the one we are to expect, or should we wait for another?"
     At that time Jesus healed many people of their sicknesses or diseases; he freed them from evil spirits and he gave sight to the blind. Then he answered the messengers, "Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind see again, the lame walk, lepers are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the poor are given good news. Now, listen: Fortunate are those who encounter me, but not for their downfall."

     In the Gospel reading John the Baptist wanted confirmation on who Jesus was. His messengers ask Jesus, "Are you the one we are to expect, or should we wait for another?" 
     Jesus answers them to report to John what they have heard and seen, "Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind see again, the lame walk, lepers made clean, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the poor are given the good news."
      Jesus' answer to John reminds us of Jesus at the synagogue in Nazareth where he "unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and announce the Lord's year of mercy.'
     Jesus then rolled up the scroll, gave it to the attendant and sat down, while the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he said to them, 'Today these prophetic words come true even as you listen.' " (Lk 4:17b - 21)
     We have many questions in our lives. We even question God's ways. Most of the time we may not see or understand possible answers to our questions. To find answers we observe situations and happenings to us and try to read the signs and messages. We ask for God's light and guidance. Even then we have to work out the best answers.
     A highpoint in the Synoptic gospels is the confession of Peter, " 'Who do people say I am?' And they told him, 'Some say you are John the Baptist; others say you are Elijah or one of the prophets.' Then Jesus asked them, 'But you, who do you say I am?' Peter answered, 'You are the Messiah.' " (Mk 8:27b – 29)
     What answer would we give to the disciples of John asking who Jesus was? What answer would we give to Jesus' own question on who he is to us?




Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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