Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent (II) (16th December, 2015) on the Gospel


Is 45:6-8.18.21-26;
Ps 84:9-14 (R. cf. Is 45:8)
Lk 7:19-23.

Topic: Ask questions.

John the Baptist was sent as a precursor of Jesus Christ and he testified to Him based on the signs he saw, cf. Jn 1:29-34. But in today’s gospel he sent two of his disciples to Jesus with the question: “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” (Lk 7:20).

The book Deuteronomy reads: “Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you” (Deut 32:7). When the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua and the Israelites did to Jericho and Ai, they went to them in cunning. And because Joshua and the Israelites did not ask direction from the LORD they fell prey to their cunning, cf. Josh 9:14. By doing so, they went contrary to the will of God, cf. Deut 7:2-5.

There are a lot of mistakes we could have avoided if only we asked questions. Not only did we fail to ask questions but some are yet to ask questions to help correct the mistakes. In the letter of Saint James we read: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him” (Jas 1:5).

Begin today to ask questions not just to avoid mistakes but also those that will help you correct every mistake you have done.

Bible Reading: Josh 9:1-27.

Thought for today: Question first.

Let us pray: Almighty God and Father always direct us in the right part – Amen.

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