THE COMING ONE


Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the Coming One (ὁ ἐρχόμενος), or shall we look for (προσδοκῶμεν) another?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is he who takes no offense (σκανδαλισθῇ) at me.’” (Mt 11: 2-6)

Our Lord is, indeed, the “Coming One.” Unlike “other” lords or god-surrogates I may periodically choose to serve or “look for,” my true Lord is One Who “comes,” and is there for me, again and again, whenever I open up to Him and let Him do that. He doesn’t leave me empty or desolate, as does an unhealthy (co)dependency on “another” human being or thing.

I know this to be true, as John and, eventually, his disciples did, because of what I “hear and see” when I let myself encounter Christ, rather than taking “offense” at, or shying away from, the Lord’s readiness to “come” into my little life. He does, indeed, help me “receive sight” when I’m blinded by my own thoughts and anxieties; He helps me “walk” when I’m lamed by self-doubt and procrastination; He “cleanses” me of all sorts of confusion and helps me “hear,” when I’ve become deaf from the divisive voices in and around me, etc.

So let me not be alone on this hot and humid Monday in Vienna, but let Christ “come” into my life, as He wants to. I re-connect with Him in heartfelt prayer, and say to Him as zillions have said before me, and continue to say today: “Come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev 22: 20) Amen!

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