The Horizon Beckons

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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Third Sunday of Advent A

John the Baptist has to know.  He is in prison and his life is in danger; indeed, soon it will be taken from him.  He needs to know if he was right.  Is Jesus truly the one, the Messiah?  His needing to know seems to take on a kind of desperation.  If Jesus is not the one, the hopes he raised, his mission, his dreams for his people would be naught.  But if he truly is the one, the meaning of his life would resound throughout history.  He would have fulfilled God’s mission.  He sends his disciples from his cell to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”

Jesus senses where this question is coming from.  It is not enough to simply reassure John with a positive answer.  He must give his evidence in order to give…

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