Today in the Gospel, disciples are sent from John the Baptist to ask Jesus if he is “the one … or should we look for another?” Jesus says yes he is, because he is doing that work which Psalm 146, our responsorial psalm, speaks about: The Lord … gives food to the hungry … gives sight to the blind; the Lord raises up those who were bowed down. I wonder if those disciples liked that answer? If you are like me, there are times when I’d prefer a different kind of Jesus. I’d like a Jesus who would wipe out evil doers and solve all our huge problems with a wave of the hand. The Jesus who is given to us instead is a companion, one who accompanies us and strengthens us as we do the heavy lifting needed to create a moral society and solve complex issues. We invite this Jesus into our lives this week, on Advent’s rejoice Sunday. What insight do I need this week from this Lord who gives sight to the blind? What burden do I need lifted by the Lord who raises those who are bowed down?
– Blog entry by Sister Mary Garascia