O Jesus, prepare me for the greatness of your Kingdom.
(Picture Jesus talking to his disciples about John.)
John is the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. Yet, because he did not live to see Jesus’ Kingdom, the least in Jesus’ Kingdom is greater than John. An extraordinary proclamation! Just as extraordinary is Jesus saying that he fulfills the prophecies about Elijah.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Jesus benefitted greatly from the preaching of John who stirred the crowds to religious fervor.
- Jesus sees all of Israel’s history and declares that John is the greatest “born of woman.”
- Jesus also sees the future Kingdom. Surprisingly, even the least in that new Kingdom will surpass John.
- The Kingdom is yours. Don’t let the world use violence to steal it from you.
- God’s prophecies are fulfilled.
- Since John is the new Elijah, the forerunner, Jesus is the Messiah of Israel.
Affections. (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Thank you, Lord, that I was born after you established your kingdom.
- O Jesus, how many prepared the way for me to know you.
- O Jesus, what is my place in history? Show me my role in your Kingdom.
- Do not let the world steal the Kingdom from my heart.
- Make me the least in your Kingdom. This is my greatest desire.
- All the prophecies are fulfilled. You are the true Messiah.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own)
+ I will thank God today for all who have prepared me for my Catholic faith.
+ I will cherish being a member of the kingdom of heaven.