Thursday of the Third Week of Advent
Isaiah 54:1-10, Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12a, 13b, & Luke 7:24-30
Saint John the Baptist Preaching at the Jordan by Jan van Scorel (1495–1562)
It is a bit of 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, labeled as sinners, to continue following Him because a reward awaits those who will leave behind their sinful past and faithfully follow Him.
Maybe Jesus desired that those who were listening would emulate the humility of John or even surpass it. We can only guess about the objective of our Lord in saying this mysterious statement.
Friends, there are times that Jesus speaks to us in cryptic language that seems so hard for us to understand and follow. We nevertheless must continue to hold onto Him. We must continue to follow Him with sincere hearts and our unconditional love.
Why? Because the decision to follow Jesus is always right. No person ever was misled by becoming a faithful follower of our Savior.
Question of the Day: How will you receive the Gospel into your heart?
Prayer: "I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me." (Psalm 30)