Today’s Thoughts: Isaiah's words are challenging but also hope filled. While Jesus' words seem to have a sting to them today. Isaiah reminds us that God is in control. No matter how bad it gets in this life God is always going to be there. God is always going to keep his promise even if we do not. Jacob can turn into a worm and Israel can become a maggot, but God will still be faithful. These certainly are comforting words but also words that should challenge us to be faithful.
Jesus reminds us today that no matter how great we become in this life it still pales in comparison to what awaits us in eternal life. John the Baptist was the greatest of all prophets; perhaps the greatest of all people yet the least person in the Kingdom of Heaven at that moment was greater than John.
These are hard words to hear yet Jesus asks us to hear! We like to think of ourselves as in control. We like to think of ourselves as important. Yet the scriptures remind us today that we are not, in control or important. You might say the Word for today is "remember it is not about us, it is about God." God who is always faithful! And isn't that a hopeful message to take with us and proclaim today!
Have a great Thursday everyone – one filled with Advent hope!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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