By Father Andrew Kelly
As believers experience the normal tragedies and sadness of human life, John the Baptizer’s nagging and aching prison question from Sunday Gospel (Matthew 11:2-11) surfaces: “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”
Minute by minute, day by day, year by year the believer slowly comes to soul understanding of Jesus’ answer to John:
“Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”
This is the great challenge of Christian faith. Whether it be the darkness of John’s prison or the darkness that confronts any given day of human existence, can the promise of Christ’s healing presence be seen, heard, let alone believed in? In other words, in December 2010, can there be such divine light in such darkness?
If believers can see Christ’s healing light in the darkness, Christ has exuberant Advent praise. Believers are even greater than John the Baptizer: “…yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
(Father Andrew Kelly is pastor of St. Mary Parish in Mechanicsville.)