Gospel Reflection for December 15th: Third Sunday of Advent

When John the Baptist heard in prison about the works Christ did, he sent a message by his disciples to ask, “Tell us, are you the one to come?”

Matthew 11.2-3

In his ministry Jesus is not hacking dead branches off the family tree of Israel nor winnowing hypocrites from among repentant sinners as John expected the messiah would. Jesus is so different from the axe-wielding, chaff-winnowing judge that John expected that John has to send messengers to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or do we look for another?”

Where do your expectations of God stand on a continuum between winnowing judge and compassionate healer?

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