The tone of the scripture shifts this 3rd week of Advent. So far, the atmosphere has been one of anticipation, expectation, and preparation. For what though? This week the clear answer is Jesus. Jesus Christ is the One whom “we” have been waiting for. And by “we” I mean the collective history of humanity. “Are you the One,” John says, “or should we wait for another.” Jesus’ response? “Tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.”
We all ask this question of Jesus at some point in our lives. “Are you the one? Or should I wait for another.” During this season of Advent, Jesus’ answer is the same as it was to John those many years ago. “…the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed….” Yes, we believe Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is the fullfillment of prophesy, the one for which humanity has been waiting, and is the one through whom God has definitively revealed Godself for the salvation of the world. In The Church, signs abound that Jesus is the one. The Church as the Kingdom of God on earth bears witness that God is present and we need not look for another.
See you sunday!