As the messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “When you went out to the desert, what did you expect to see? A reed swept by the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? People who wear fine clothes live in palaces. What did you really go out to see? A prophet? Yes, indeed, and even more than a prophet. He is the man of whom Scripture says: I send my messenger ahead of you, to prepare the way before you.
I tell you this: no one greater than John the Baptist has arisen from among the sons of women; and yet, the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
READ: The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are made clean.
REFLECT: Most of the prophecies concerning Jesus (including those of John the Baptist) present the future Messiah as a violent man. But Jesus proved to be quite the opposite. God’s thoughts are certainly different from ours…
PRAY: Let us admire the compassion and gentleness of Jesus and let us ask him for a share in his kindness.
ACT: Take the necessary steps to resolve your religious doubts, as John the Baptist did.