As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
And the disciples asked him, “Why, then, do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He replied, “Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them about John the Baptist.
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The prophet Elijah was celebrated in Israel for his awesome, wondrous deeds. So it is not surprising that the reality of the coming Messiah would be equally awesome and wondrous. That the Son of Man would “suffer at their hands” must have seemed incomprehensible. Understandably, the people of Jesus’ day simply missed the point.
What about me? Do I miss the point of Jesus’ life and message? Does Jesus in fact come to my home and heart this Advent 2014 in ways that I miss or perhaps reject?
These days before Christmas, can I open my heart and invite Jesus into my doubts and questions, my fears and fragile hopes?
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
These Advent days, Lord, help me turn to you. Let us all see your face and we shall be saved. That is your promise. This is our hope!