When John heard in prison what the
Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the
one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go
and tell John what you hear and see: 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. And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at
me.”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? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes?
Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out
to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 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.’ 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.”
Do I sometimes wondered:
Am I a fool? Is this all there is? Was I
wrong about Jesus?
“Go and tell what you hear and see . . . the blind
receive their sight . . .”! What do I see and hear? Do I see the signs of God’s
kingdom breaking through in the world around me? What does it look like?