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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Wisdom of John the Baptist

 "Are you the one who is to come or should we look for another?" Lk 7:18b

John the Baptist is full of wisdom and good questions. Wanting only to please God and follow the Law, he sends two of his disciples to Jesus to ask if Jesus is the one for whom they are waiting. Rather than answer him directly and sound boastful, Jesus tells John's disciples to look at what he is doing. The blind see. The lame walk and the deaf hear. When John's disciples report Jesus' answers, John know that the one for whom is waiting has arrived and is only too ready to move aside and follow Jesus.

The same is true for us. When we look at how God cares for the world and all the people of the earth, we need to stop what we are doing and follow Jesus. Despite our faults and sins, our abuse of the earth and its riches, God continues to direct and guide us if only we will listen. That is the promise of Advent and Christmas and always.

Today, look for the Lord in the person next to you.

How has God spoken to you today?

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