14th of December (English)

Publié le 13 Décembre 2016

Scripture: Luke 7:18-23

 

18 The disciples of John told him of all these things.19 And John, calling to him two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord, saying, "Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?" 20 And when the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, `Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for  another?'" 21 In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many that were blind he bestowed sight. 22 And he answered them, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached  to them. 23 And blessed is he who takes no offense at me."

 

The contemplation

 

Doubt is one of the worst evil that we have to avoid at all coast. John the Baptist has identified Jesus as the ONE great and powerful, who will baptise all in spirit. However to his knowledge collected from his disciples, he has come to know that Jesus neither baptise people nor present Himself as a powerful person.  Thus his doubt of Jesus as the Christ, seems to be all the more confirmed. He has done however the best he could do by sending his disciples to Jesus for some  signs. Jesus gives him the visible signs so that the prophet who has identified the Christ be confirmed of his certitude, because the Holy Spirit works in him.  By the very presence of Christ the Kingdom of God has already started to be established in this world. There is no sin to have doubt. Even Saint Thomas doubted. However, it is important that we start to believe once this doubted is cleared and not to prolong with the doubt by adding other requests.

 

 

 

 

Daily Quote from the early church fathers: 

 

Miracles testify that Jesus is the Messiah, by Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD)

"'In that same hour he healed many of sicknesses and of scourges, and of evil spirits; and gave sight to many that were blind.' He made them spectators and eyewitnesses of his greatness and gathered into them a great admiration of his power and ability. They then bring forward the question and beg in John's name to be informed whether he is 'he who comes.' Here see, I ask, the beautiful art of the Savior's management. He does not simply say, 'I am.' If he had spoken this, it would have been true. He leads them to the proof given by the works themselves. In order that having accepted faith in him on good grounds and being furnished with knowledge from what had been done, they may return to him who sent them. 'Go'” he says, 'tell John the things that you have seen and heard.' 'For you have heard indeed,' he says, 'that I have raised the dead by the all-powerful word and by the touch of the hand. While you stood by, you have also seen that those things that were spoken of old time by the holy prophets are accomplished: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the dumb hear, the dead rise, and the poor are preached to. The blessed prophets had announced all these things before, as about in due time to be accomplish by my hands. I bring to pass those things that were prophesied long before, and you are yourselves spectators of them. Return and tell those things that you have seen with your own eyes accomplished by my might and ability, and which at various times the blessed prophets foretold.'" (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILY 37)

 

 

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