Third Sunday of Advent  Year A    15 December 2019

Advent is galloping towards Christmas!

Have we had, or made, time to stop a little and be gifted by a thought that will help us rejoice, genuinely, at the birth of Christ’s Anniversary?

Or, we might take consolation for our insecurity in the thought that even the seemingly well assured John was experiencing doubt about Jesus. He was, after all, in prison and, no doubt pondering his future, wondering what he, without an army, had done. The thought of his innocence must have caused him torment. Have I wasted my life? And so, he asks, “Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?”

Or, again, those around the Prophet might be described as the pious, the holy, the self-assured and the thank God I am not like the rest of men. Each group competing with one another. Each group claiming the high ground. Each group wanting everyone else to come under their umbrella. Standing on the side is the new prophet who is disturbing everyone. What is to be done?

I am reminded of a line from ‘My Fair Lady’, “Words, words, words, I’m so sick of words etc.”

The latest offering from the latest Prophet is not merely words but, “Go back and tell John what you hear and see etc.”

We know and believe in the gift of Jesus among us, Emmanuel.

For the remainder of this Advent can each of us try to find a little way to help the blind to see.

And which we encourage the lame to walk.

Maybe there is an outcast to be cleansed or a person to be given hearing.

There are many ways to proclaim the Good News, to bring life to the dead.

And, be patient, good things are happening…so keep the faith.

Mons Frank

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