Reflection 11 

Gospel Reading Matthew 11:2-11

When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” As they were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces. Then what did you go out to see? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: Behold, I am sending my
messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.

Sharing the Mission

John the Baptist makes it very clear that we will live genuinely for Christ only if we are willing to die for him. Only the person who is practiced in the art of daily dying will be able to hand themselves over to God in an act of final resignation, as John the Baptist did. Daily dying consists in pouring out one’s energies in the service of the poor, in listening attentively, in praying faithfully, in living harmoniously with others, in seeking reconciliation, in doing penance, in renouncing anything that is an obstacle to following Christ. John the Baptist calls us to prepare the way of the Lo rd by eliminating from our lives whatever impedes his coming.

Discussion 

How do you show that you are living your faith in action as tau ght by Blessed Frederic
Ozanam?

Prayer

(Leader) As our Advent journey continues, we turn in hope to Christ and pray:

(Together) Come, Lord Jesus, and do not delay.

(Leader) Strengthen all Vincentians in their efforts to reveal your love,

(Together) Come, Lord Jesus, and do not delay. Amen