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Liturgical day: Sunday 3th (A) ofAdvent

Gospel text (Mt 11,2-11): «I send my messenger ahead of you to prepare the way before you». When John the Baptist heard in prison about the activities of Christ, he sent a message by his disciples, asking him: «Are you the one who is to come or should we expect someone else?». Jesus answered them, «Go back and report to John what you hear and see: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead are brought back to life and good news is reaching the poor. And how fortunate is the one who does not take offense at me».

As the messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, «When you went out to the desert, what did you expect to see? A reed swept by the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? People who wear fine clothes live in palaces. What did you actually go out to see? A proph-et? Yes, indeed, and even more than a prophet. He is the man of whom Scripture says: ‘I send my messenger ahead of you to prepare the way before you’. I tell you this: no one greater than John the Baptist has come forward among the sons of women, and yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today, Jesus Christ praises John the Baptist. John did penance and praying in the desert. Then he preached the conversion to the Jews by saying that the Messiah-Savior had already arrived. Besides, Jesus also congratulated the Baptist for his determination and fidelity: «What did you go out into the wilderness to see? » «A reed swayed by the wind? ».

-There are men who are like these reeds that appears by the road: they lean to one side or the other as the wind blows. Are you one of those? Remember: Christ is always in fashion!