FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
THIRD WEDNESDAY of ADVENT
December 16, 2020
WORD of the DAY
The disciples of John told him about all these things. John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” When the men came to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’” At that time he cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he also granted sight to many who were blind. And he said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” (Luke 7: 19-23)
How shall I live this Word?
God is mystery and in the face of this mystery believers should always question all their ideas about God. Even the Baptist, the great prophet, does so. He doesn’t have God in his pocket. Since he expects a different Messiah, he says: maybe it’s not you, and I have to wait for another one!
We never meditate enough on this point: exchanging our ideas about God with God means being on the threshold of idolatry. God is not an idea, he is not an idol, he is a great mystery that gives rise to the great question in man: is it you? The answer to this question can only be given by God. The Baptist is the upright man before God, who beyond and above all that he is and knows, and who is prepared to do as a prophet, discovers the mystery of God. He wonders, realizes he does not understand and expresses his doubt. The problem of our faith is basically this: in which God do we believe? Which Jesus do we believe in?.
In Christmas, Lord, You reveal yourself in the smallness and fragility of a baby. It messes up all our ideas of greatness and power that we have made about You. Put in our hearts the questions that always push forward the desire to deepen the knowledge of the mystery of Your person. Open our eyes so that we can meet You, recognize You and welcome You in everyone and everything, and especially in what is small and fragile. Amen.
The Voice of Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Both the believer and the unbeliever, each in their own way, share doubt and faith, always with the understanding of course that they do not try to escape from themselves and the truth of their existence. ______________________________________________________________________________