THE CLOUDS RAIN DOWN THE JUST ONES
The Prophet Isaiah proclaimed the just one proclaims peace! That is our challenge for us this day.
In the Gospel today: John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask,
"Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"
At that time Jesus cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he granted sight to the blind as well. Jesus said to them: "Go and tell John the Baptist what you have seen and heard: the blind regain sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me." John and the disciples come to know Jesus by his action and works... What a concept!
When Jesus came into our world as the long awaited Messiah. He did not look for his own comfort and pleasure either in the way in which he lived or in choosing to associate only with people who were pleasant and could return favors. He was born poor, He lived poor, and He died poor.
In the First Reading and the Responsorial Psalm: The Prophet Isaiah proclaimed the just one proclaims peace! That is our challenge for us this day. Let the earth open and salvation bud forth; let justice also spring up! I, the Lord, have created this. Peace is your blessing. Peace that is health in mind and wholeness in body. Peace that is unity in the family and prosperity in society. Peace that unites, reconciles, heals, and gives joy. The condition of peace is justice. It is only justice that will bring abiding peace to our troubled world.
Points to Pray and Ponder: Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.
When Jesus comes again I wonder if he will know us as his disciples by the company we keep?