Change of perspective

Daily reading: Luke 7:18-35
Monday February 13, 2017

Focus passage:  John’s disciples informed him about all these things.  John called two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord.  They were to ask him, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?”  Luke 7:18-19

Just moments after we read that Jesus has raised a dead man to life, we hear that John the Baptist is in prison awaiting torture and possible death, at the hands of Herod Antipas.  His situation is foreshadowing in many ways.  The message that he brought and the message that Jesus is bringing will cost him his life. I can hear the desperation in John’s voice, as he asks his disciples to go and find Jesus and inquire, “are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?”

There is some urgency in John’s question.   John wants to know if he is in prison for the right person.   We can imagine that he is in a lonely place, separated from his community and now is in a place where he has a lot of time to think.  Perhaps in the darkness of his cell, experiencing a closeness with God, what St. John of the Cross would call a dark night of the soul, John begins to discern and wonder and so he sends his students to his cousin Jesus to ask “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”

Prayer:  God, who invites us to wrestle through the night, be with us as we struggle to match our expectations with yours and know that in these moments of unrest you are working on us, transforming us into Kingdom dwellers.  Help us to be agents of justice, love and compassion in our communities.  Amen.


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