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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Reflections 2020-12-16 Wednesday Third Week of Advent

Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-25; Psalm 85; Luke 7:19-23
There is one word used repeatedly in the First Reading and the Gospel: another. The First Reading has this repeated four times: I am the Lord, and there is no other or something like this. The Gospel has this twice: Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?
There is no other God, except the God of Israel. In the case of John’s question, there is no other Messiah but Jesus. What can God do? The First Reading tells us, he formed light and created darkness, he created righteousness and salvation. He created the heavens, he formed the earth and established it. God did not create it a chaos.
He also calls people to himself: there is no other God besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is no one besides me. With this God reveals himself as Savior. He also calls us: Turn to me and be saved. The Psalm tells us: surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him. God is the only One who can save. He is the only One who helps us and delivers us. There is no other. This is why we trust him, even if it takes a long time to happen, we wait.
When John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus the question, Jesus pointed to them his works: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. By doing these, Jesus shows, he is the Savior the First Reading promises. When God saves, he heals and makes whole. But this is for those who fear him, for those who come to him and respond to his invitation.
While our lives today may be in chaos in this pandemic, God said: I did not create it a chaos. God is a God of order. Whatever our situation, we thank the Lord and we look forward to the time when he will come and save us, when he will make us whole and complete, when he will give us peace.
Lord Jesus, my life is a mess. Yet, I know, there is no other God but you. I come to you to offer my life. I come to you to seek healing, to seek salvation, order in the chaos. Save me Lord, I trust in you.

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