Beads of Joy 12-16-09
Should We Look For Another?
©2009 James Dacey, Jr. SFO
This is a pretty remarkable gospel when you read it. Did John doubt Jesus? Couldn't John see by the miracles of Jesus, that He indeed was the one they were waiting for? Today's gospel is Luke 7:18-23 (The Messengers of John the Baptist). Are we like John in our faith? Do we not see that Jesus is indeed the Messiah, the Son of God, our Savior? I know I am starting with a whole bunch of questions, but this gospel has a question in it that makes me wonder why John was wondering. "Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?" verse 20
It is very possible that this doubt was within those following John. And John in his wisdom knew that by sending them to Jesus to ask the question of Him, they would see for themselves first hand not only in word; but in witness that Jesus was indeed the Christ. John knew Jesus was He who has to come; John baptized Jesus and recognized that He was the lamb of God. I guess we'll never truly know but I like to think John was only trying to help those who weren't certain to help them more deeply believe.
Why did Jesus come into the world? He came to set us free from our sins. The worst tyranny anyone can experience is slavery to their sins. If you are a slave to your sins and your full focus in your life is on those sins, that would also probably have you also fear death. Jesus came into the world to save us from all that. The good news Jesus brought to us brings joy and freedom into our lives. We must embrace Him, His Word, and never let Him go, never doubt Him and absolutely never question Him.
Today take on the challenge in your own life. Place complete trust in who Jesus says He is. Never allow doubt to direct your heart away from Him. Instead learn from His Word that He is indeed who He says He is. What this gospel is showing us is that their is always a possibility that we can look at Jesus and not even recognize Him, no matter who we are. Let us not fall into that delusion, and allow worldly blurring of misdirection ever lead us to questioning Jesus. Our love for Him must be true, and sincere and in no way be in jepordy of not believing. Open your hearts, let Him in, embrace Him and never doubt Him, never question Him. He died for every sin we have ever commited or will ever commit. Jesus loves us in all of our imperfections.
Trust in He who has come to free us from our sins.
Your brother in Christ Jesus & His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr SFO