Friday after the Third Sunday in Advent 2012

Matthew 11:2-11 (NIV)

2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” 7 As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? 8 If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces. 9 Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10 This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ 11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

O Lord Almighty, we know that John was Your messenger sent to proclaim the coming of Jesus. Jesus said no one was greater than John, yet He said the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than John. We are amazed that each of us, insignificant as we are in the world, are great in Your Kingdom. Help us through the power of the Holy Ghost to walk in Your way and proclaim You to the world through our words and actions. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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