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The blind receive their sight and the poor have good news preached to them

James 1:12: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, Thank you, for sending your Son to defeat the power of death and provide us the ultimate victory. In Infant Jesus' name we praise you and glorify you. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (December 15, 2010)
Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent
First Reading:  Is 45:6c-8, 18, 21c-25
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14.
Gospel:  Luke: 7:18b-23.
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke: 7:18b-23)
God's power alone can save us from bareness and poverty of spirit, from perplexity and error, and from the fear of death and despair. The gospel of deliverance is "good news" for us today. Do you know the joy and liberty of the gospel? The miracles which Jesus carried out and his message about the kingdom of God directly satisfied what the prophets had foretold. Isaiah had prophesied that the Messiah would come in the authority of the Holy Spirit to bring freedom to those browbeaten by sin and evil. Jesus came to set people free from the most evil oppression possible – the tyranny of slavery to sin and the fear of passing away, and the ruin of both body and soul.
John saw from a distance what Jesus would achieve through his death on the cross our salvation from repression to sin and death and our adoption as sons and daughters of God and inhabitant of the kingdom of heaven. John very likely sent his disciples to Jesus because he wanted them to hear and see direct for themselves the signs and evidence that the Messiah had certainly come in the person of Jesus Christ. How do we know that Jesus is who he asserts to be, the Son of God, Messiah, and Savior of the humanity? Is our faith a blind leap we must take without confidence or proof? John the Baptist sends his disciples to question Jesus about his claim to be God's anointed Messiah. Did John have doubts about Jesus and his claim to religion? Not likely, since John revealed Jesus' task at the River Jordan when he shouts behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the humanity.


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