O Jesus, let me always believe in You.
(Picture John’s disciples questioning Jesus.)
John preached repentance and confession of sins. He expected Jesus to be even more fiery in his preachings. Instead, Jesus eats with sinners and opens the Kingdom to tax collectors. John wonders whether Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus points to all the healings as proof of his divine call.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- John sits in prison, his life’s work almost completed.
- He is filled with doubts. Was he correct in pointing out Jesus as the Messiah?
- He has an important question. Are you the Messiah? Are you the one who is to come?
- Jesus presents all the evidence. He heals the blind, the lame and the lepers. Even the dead rise and testify to Jesus.
- The gospel does not record the effect of these words upon John or his disciples.
- The story is meant to help us to believe.
- God will always do things God’s way. Do not be scandalized by God’s plan.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, in my doubts, I will come to you.
- Jesus, You present all the evidence. I know you are the Messiah.
- You heal. You cure. You raise from the dead.
- I will be still. I will watch for you.
- When you finish your work in me, I will understand what you are doing.
- Do your work in me. I will await your touch.
- You are not a stumbling block. You are the way to the Father. I will not be scandalized.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will ponder the evidence in the gospels.
+ I will believe in Jesus, no matter what happens.