December 11 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection

12/11/2022 (Sunday) Today’s gospel reading: Matthew 11:2-11

2 When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus
3 with this question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
4 Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:
5 the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
6 And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”
7 As they were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?
8 Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine clothing? Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces.
9 Then why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
10 This is the one about whom it is written: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.
11 Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

12/11/2022 (Sunday) Today’s gospel reflection: Matthew 11:2-11

John the Baptist lived in the desert wearing camel’s hair and feeding on locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:4). Jesus was quick to tell His disciples that John did not wear fine clothing and that He did not live in a royal palace. Perhaps this is something we can reflect on this season of Advent. Instead of dreaming for fine clothing and looking forward to live in a palace-like home as a Christmas gift, we might as well go into a “desert” where there is less noise so that we can truly focus on God.

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Christmas is a season to be jolly alright. Yet many times, in our “joyful celebration” of the season, we tend to focus on celebrating with material things and we tend to forget the real reason for the celebration. We continue to hunger for fine food and thirst for expensive beverages forgetting that many people can not afford even a simple meal and a glass of water. What if Jesus Himself whisper to us a simple question, “What are you celebrating for?”

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This season of advent is indeed a good time to reflect on the coming of Jesus. Who is He and why did He come? Verse 5 of the gospel above is one of the clearest statements of His reason for coming. He came to liberate the world, not by might but by mercy. He came not as powerful political figure but as a humble servant. This is where John the Baptist got his bit of confusion so he sent his own disciple to check on Jesus.

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This season of Advent is also a time to check on who Jesus is. Who is he really to you and to others? Are you in captivity and in need of liberation? Are you blind and can not see the LIGHT? Are you deaf to the cry of the poor? Are you rich in material things but unhappy because you are poor in many other aspects of life? Do you feel lost amidst the confusion of this world? You may be living like a king but your “kingdom” looks like hell. Perhaps you need to open your heart and let Jesus be born unto you and start living in the kingdom of heaven.

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Gospel Reading with Reflection for December 11, 2022
Gospel Reading with Reflection for December 11, 2022

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