THIRD MONDAY OF ADVENT

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD THIRD MONDAY OF ADVENT CHRISTMAS NOVENA BEGINS December 16, 2019 WORD of the DAY Where was John’s baptism from? Was it of heavenly or of human origin?” They discussed this among themselves and said, “If we say ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we fear the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet.” (Matthew 21: 25-26) How shall I live this Word? Jesus teaches in the Temple. His words are spirit and life. And yet they cannot overcome that wall of shadow and suspicion erected by those around Him because their heart is not pure. “With what authority do you do this?” The question has an evil taste. They want to make Jesus fall into a trap. But the Wisdom who lives in Christ finds the suitable and destabilizing answer. It is also a question: “Where did John’s baptism come from? From heaven or from men? ” At this point, the high priests and the elders no longer have words. Their minds, clouded by power, are closed in front of the proclamation of salvation. They...