3rd Sunday of Advent

December 14, 2014


In the Gospel we hear that the Jews asked John, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ or Elijah or the Prophet?”

John answered them,“I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize”. . . . (whispering) that would be Jesus.

But why couldn’t the Jews recognize him? There is, of course, no one answer: as we know many expected the Messiah to come as royalty or a warrior – in both cases purifying and uniting the kingdom of Israel.

In the context of today’s readings and Advent emphasis on repentance, you could say that people did not recognize the Messiah on account of their own sinfulness, which blinded them to the Truth.

And while both of these reasons are valid and true, I would like us to reflect on a third possibility: that they simply didn’t believe it was possible for God to act through someone so ordinary – someone like themselves.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Third Sunday of Advent (Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11; Luke 1:46-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28).


One comment

  1. Fr.Chris, you did it again! Your homily on this Third Sunday of Advent is one of the wonders of truth that i need to listen to and learn from – from your personal words also as God’s authoritative voice. Your homily today tells the fundamental truth that any ordinary person needs to hear and believe in. I am awed and profoundly blessed by it. I do believe in my own spiritual authority especially in the depth of my heart where God’s resides. Moreover, I hope that this truth of the individual’s spiritual voice within is also a pathway where God walks -in the ordinary experiences in his or her life. It kept me wondering how many of us believe it so – as God’s instrument and His Silent Voice within. Thank you sooo much for delivering the truth. May you always be blessed with the golden voice of God. You are truly HIS and in HIM HE is truly you. God’s blessings!

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