Matthew 11:2-11 Reflection ~
Do you know people whose faith is shaken this way, then that, like the reed being blown by the wind? If so then this passage is speaking directly to you. With Jesus inside you, you can give them sight, raise their hope, and help them walk towards the Good News. John has prepared a way for you to hear and follow Jesus. Jesus is speaking to you in the present time to be as John so others know of the wonder of eternity. You are to become one of the least of the Kingdom of Heaven and greater than John.
The Voice in the Desert, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Matthew 11 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Messengers from John the Baptist
2 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3 and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4 Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: 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. 6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”
Jesus Praises John the Baptist
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? 8 What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. 9 What then 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,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.’
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.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 11:2-11.