Epistle: Romans 15:4-13
Gospel: Matthew 11:2-10
Romans 15:4-134 For what things soever were written, were written for our learning: that through patience and the comfort of the scriptures, we might have hope.5 Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of one mind one towards another, according to Jesus Christ:6 That with one mind, and with one mouth, you may glorify God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.7 Wherefore receive one another, as Christ also hath received you unto the honour of God.8 For I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.9 But that the Gentiles are to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: Therefore will I confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and will sing to thy name.10 And again he saith: Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.11 And again: Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and magnify him, all ye people.12 And again Isaias saith: There shall be a root of Jesse; and he that shall rise up to rule the Gentiles, in him the Gentiles shall hope.13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing; that you may abound in hope, and in the power of the Holy Ghost.
2 Now when John had heard in prison the works of Christ: sending two of his disciples he said to him:3 Art thou he that art to come, or look we for another?4 And Jesus making answer said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen.5 The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them.6 And blessed is he that shall not be scandalized in me.7 And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? a reed shaken with the wind?8 But what went you out to see? a man clothed in soft garments? Behold they that are clothed in soft garments, are in the houses of kings.9 But what went you out to see? a prophet? yea I tell you, and more than a prophet.10 For this is he of whom it is written: Behold I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.
Thoughts... The Jews were the Chosen Ones of God, not because they were something special, or better than any others - but that God chose them to be the people from whom the Savior of the world would be born. From among them, God would choose a virgin in whom the Incarnation would begin. When John the Baptist was in prison, he perhaps started having some doubts - but was reassured by Jesus' words "the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise against and the poor have the gospel preached to them." He also reassured John's disciples declaring that He was indeed the Messiah "of whom it is written" and that John was that prophet, even more than a prophet, that "angel" who shall prepare the way before Him.
Have FAITH my friends! The Second Sunday in Advent is about FAITH.