Third Sunday In Advent
The Rev. Paul Fuener
Our readings for this Sunday are: Isaiah 35:1-10; James 5:7-20; Matthew 11:2-19; and a general theme I’m working on is “patience with God” when He doesn’t seem to be answering our prayers. I want to encourage us to consider John the Baptist as a model we might emulate. John was in a crisis – in prison under King Herod and threatened with imminent execution, yet Jesus wasn’t doing what John hoped, that is, standing up to Herod and the Roman rulers in Judea, working for John’s release. And John sends a message to Jesus – not a demand or even a request, but just a question: Are you the Messiah we were expecting, or should we expect someone else? This is a model of patience with the Lord: if we’re not getting what we expected, we needn’t whine or make demands but just go to Him and ask questions – Lord, show me how to pray aright; teach me Your ways; Lord, where did I miss Your plan? The Lord may well answer us, and we, like John, might learn that we have not been answered because we’ve asked for far too small a thing.
With much love and many prayers,