Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Reflection for Thursday December 15, Third Week in Advent; Luke 7:24-30

Luke 7:24-30
When the messengers of John the Baptist had left, 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? Then what did you go out to see? Someone dressed in fine garments? Those who dress luxuriously and live sumptuously are found in royal palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom Scripture says: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, he will prepare your way before you. I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John; yet the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he.” All the people who listened, including the tax collectors, who were baptized with the baptism of John, acknowledged the righteousness of God; but the Pharisees and scholars of the law, who were not baptized by him, rejected the plan of God for themselves.
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Reflection:
It’s a mystery why Jesus said that the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than John. Perhaps He was trying to motivate the tax collectors who were labelled as sinners to continue to follow Him because there is a reward that awaits those who will leave behind his sinful past and faithfully follow Him.

 Perhaps Jesus also desired that those who were listening would emulate the humility of John or even surpass it. We can only guess about the objective of Jesus in saying this very mysterious  and meaningful statement.

There are times that Jesus speaks to us in cryptic language that seems so hard for us to understand. We nevertheless must continue to hold-on to Him, we must continue to blindly follow Him without question.

Why? This is for the reason that to follow Jesus is always right. Never a person was misled by Jesus by blindly holding His hand and faithfully following Him.  Never a person no matter how poor has lived a miserable life by following Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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