Understanding and application of life lessons is the joy of education. Nothing gives a teacher more satisfaction than to see the desire for learning to blossom in each one of her or his students. After John the Baptist was arrested, Jesus began His ministry. His words of teaching were also accompanied by the witnessing of many miracles. Jesus rarely told people what to believe but guided them along a path of self-discovery. Thus from prison when John the Baptist send word to Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Matthew 11:3, Jesus provides the opportunity for John to come to his own conclusions. “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” Matthew 11:4-6. The miracle signs that Jesus performed may be proof of His fulfilling the prophetic expectations but Jesus allowed John to come to his own conclusions. Jesus provides us with the same opportunity. Jesus the Teacher, lead us to come to belief in Him but will not force our belief. Do you believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah of God? Is He only the Jewish Messiah or did He save you as well? What signs can you point to in your life that are evidence for your belief? Do you believe just because someone told you to? Or do you know Him in whom we believe? Jesus, Messiah of God, reveal yourself to us especially as we await the celebration of the anniversary of your birth. Be born in us today.
ADVENT MESSAGE QUOTE: “Above all trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally, impatient in everything; to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient on the way to something unknown, something new; and yet it is made by passing through stages of instability. And that may take a very long time….. Only God can say what this new spirit forming within you will be. Give the Lord the benefit of believing that His land is leading you, and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.” (Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ) “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” (Winston Churchill)