Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Qui venturus (Lk. 7:19)


In today’s Gospel, Luke the Evangelist invites us to realize that Jesus is really God and he was present in the world, in the history of human life. When answering the disciples of John the Baptist, who asked about the certainty of the coming of the Messiah, Jesus was bold. He indicated that he himself was the Messiah and he himself was God who was present in history.  In answering John’s disciples, Jesus took the proclamation of the prophet Isaiah about the signs of the presence of God in the midst of his people. “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.”This is the polite way used by Jesus to show that he is God and he came to save his people.

As disciples of Jesus, we must rely on him who is the source of our strength and our life. The presence of Jesus within us is always strengthening and giving life. When we are weak, he reinforces us.  When we fall, he raises us up. And when we are sad, he gladdens us with his good news. Let us open ourselves to the presence of Jesus and let him guide us so that we can experience salvation from God in our lives.

By Fr. Risco Batbual, SVD.

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