Isaiah 45:6-8; Psalm 85 Luke 7:19-23
“happy is the man that does not lose faith in me.” The Gospel reading of today tells us about the experience of John the Baptist when he was in prison, he sent messengers to Jesus to ask if he is the Messiah or they should expect someone else? This is the same John who in Matt.3:13-17 baptized Jesus and witnessed the open heavens, the dove and the voice speaking. The same John who in John1:29 pointed out the Messiah saying “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” But here he is asking if he is the messiah or they should expect another. Beloved in Christ, every great man has his period of crisis, life can be so tough that you begin to feel like trying another god, your situation can be so terrible that you want to try another church. Jesus says happy is the man that does not lose faith in him. In Matt.11:6 Jesus tells the disciples “Blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.” The cross may be bitter but it makes us better later. Things may not be working well but God is not sleeping. Thus, first reading reassures us that God is our creator, there is no other.
Remember, o most gracious virgin mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implore thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, o virgin of virgins, my mother, to thee I come, before thee I stand sinful and sorrowful. O mother of the word incarnate, despise not my petition but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.