Third Sunday in Advent, Year A

Inspired by Matthew 11:2-11

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’  Jesus answered them, ‘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.’”  Matthew 11:2-5 (NRSV)

When John sent his disciples to inquire whether Jesus was the one he was waiting for, Jesus didn’t answer with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’.  Rather he directed John’s attention to what Jesus was doing.  Jesus was doing all the things the prophets had said God’s anointed one would do; with that knowledge John would need to determine for himself who Jesus was.

Jesus said those who follow him would follow in his ways.  They would care for the sick and suffering, help the poor, and proclaim God’s love and forgiveness to the world.  People shouldn’t need to ask if we follow Christ; our actions proclaim who we are.  Like Jesus, we do what we do because of who we are, and who we are is revealed by what we do.

Let us pray.  Compassionate God, you sent you Son to bring salvation and serve the needs of your people.  Enable us to follow his ways, that our devotion to you may be made manifest in our care for your people.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.