11:3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”
11:4 Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:
11:5 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.
11:6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”
11:7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind?
11:8 What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces.
11:9 What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
11:10 This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’
11:11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Like Advent itself, hope is not something we conjure up ourselves by wishful thinking. It’s not something we work at by focusing on the positive and avoiding the negative. It doesn’t spring from optimism that the world will get better by human effort. It’s rooted in the promise of God’s faithfulness…. Only because God comes to us can we go to God. Only because God comes to us can we have hope we can go to God.
Source: Advent publication of Buckner International
Access to the liberation granted by God is not achieved by a mere wave of some magic wand. People must undergo a conversion, must change their way of thinking and acting. Only to those who undergo conversion is the Kingdom good news. To others it is a judgment, a piece of bad news.
Source: Way of the Cross—Way of Justice
Br. David Steindl-Rast
Source: Gratefulness the Heart of Prayer