Advent 2016

Third Wednesday in Advent - December 14th

Is 45; 6-8, 18, 21-25 // Ps 85: 9-14 // Lk 7: 18-23

Today’s readings bring us to the questions at the very heart of Advent.

In the first reading the prophet Isiah is very direct: “I am the LORD, there is no other” and proceeds to describe God as the creator of the heavens and the maker of the earth, the provider of justice and our protection, and the source of our hope and our salvation.

In today’s Gospel Luke tells the story of John the Baptist sending two disciples to Jesus to ask “Are you the one who is to come or should we look for another?” Although Jesus had cured diseases, ended suffering, and granted sight, these disciples stood before Jesus and couldn’t see Him for who He was. Jesus’ response is less simple and direct than Isaiah’s. Jesus responds “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard“; and gives them a big hint: the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, the dead live, and the poor have the good news.

As we move through the Advent season, these last weeks of waiting “for the one who is to come”, do we know who we are waiting for, and will we know it when He comes? What are the signs and wonders that will tell us the waiting is over? Will we recognize, as the psalmist suggests, where kindness and truth meet; when justice and peace kiss?

Dan Griffin
CRS Partnership