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December 16, 2020

Lk 7: 8-23

For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. 

When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country. 

The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” When the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’” 

Jesus had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind. And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Being a prophet like John the Baptist

In recent times I was inspired by the words of a priest and a seminarian. The priest noted that late in his life, he realized his calling: to be a John the Baptist bearing witness to the light of Christ. The seminarian shared with me his desire to be like John the Baptist – a prophet in his time. He noted the qualities even Herod saw in John: “a righteous and holy man” who when he heard John speak “ was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.” A prophet who can engage and stir up change.  

John is regarded as the greatest prophet in bearing witness to the coming of Christ. And yet while imprisoned in this Gospel story, John struggles with doubt about Jesus, just as we struggle with doubt in our difficult moments. And where does John turn? He turns to Jesus and sends his disciples with the questions in his heart.

Rick Krivanka serves as Executive Director of the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, Ohio. 

 

Prayer

Jesus, when I feel alone and in doubt, help me to always turn to you. In my Advent journey, give me eyes to see and ears to hear the living presence of God breaking forth in the world around me. May I always have the courage to walk in faith and trust with you.  Amen.

—Rick Krivanka


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December 16, 2020

Lk 7: 8-23

For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. 

When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country. 

The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” When the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’” 

Jesus had just then cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind. And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Being a prophet like John the Baptist

In recent times I was inspired by the words of a priest and a seminarian. The priest noted that late in his life, he realized his calling: to be a John the Baptist bearing witness to the light of Christ. The seminarian shared with me his desire to be like John the Baptist – a prophet in his time. He noted the qualities even Herod saw in John: “a righteous and holy man” who when he heard John speak “ was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.” A prophet who can engage and stir up change.  

John is regarded as the greatest prophet in bearing witness to the coming of Christ. And yet while imprisoned in this Gospel story, John struggles with doubt about Jesus, just as we struggle with doubt in our difficult moments. And where does John turn? He turns to Jesus and sends his disciples with the questions in his heart.

Rick Krivanka serves as Executive Director of the Jesuit Retreat Center in Parma, Ohio. 

 

Prayer

Jesus, when I feel alone and in doubt, help me to always turn to you. In my Advent journey, give me eyes to see and ears to hear the living presence of God breaking forth in the world around me. May I always have the courage to walk in faith and trust with you.  Amen.

—Rick Krivanka


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