Is it Jesus or Should We Look for Another?

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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3rd Sunday of Advent A

The Gospel on this joyous Sunday begins in a dark place both literally and figuratively.  John the Baptist has been imprisoned by King Herod after his astoundingly successful ministry in the desert.   John had preached about the need for repentance and the forgiveness of sins through his baptism.  And before his arrest, he had pinned his hopes on Jesus, the one he believed to be the long promised Messiah to rescue Israel.  His influence had grown so large that he was considered a threat to the king whom he had directly criticized.

Now in prison, under the constant threat of death, John seems to be having his doubts about Jesus.  Perhaps Jesus was not meeting his expectation of a Messiah; perhaps the Jesus movement had not developed the momentum he expected.  He is worried about his legacy – had he prepared the path for…

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