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Theology for the common man

3th Sunday of Advent A

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Jesus Christ responds to the disciples of John the Baptism, who came to Jesus with a question about his mission with the text from Isaiah the prophet, from today’s first reading. The sign of the coming of the Messiah was to be his miracles and deeds: “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy,” no mention about those who “will rejoice greatly and shout for joy,.. they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.” In this way God has listened to the prayers of the descendants of Israel who have been calling now to receive this exceptional divine grace: “Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, ...with divine retribution he will come to save you.” And indeed, this is what the disciples of John the Baptist were hearing from Jesus: “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” Jesus still cannot tell obviously who he was but he confirms by the words of the Prophet, who was speaking about him as a coming Messiah. Here Jesus begins the realization of the work of salvation which he started by his proclamation of the Gospel and his deeds. It was also a good occasion to give testimony about John the Baptist, who by his severe and ascetic life became the one who prepares a way for the coming of Jesus as a Messiah. In spite of a great elevation of John by Jesus, because of his role in the work of salvation, he, John the Baptist, is the least in the Kingdom of God, because a dignity of the children of God, in the divine Kingdom, is measured by a humility and acceptance to the grace of God.