The Least in the Kingdom is Greater Than He


Awhile back, the angels suggested  I dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew 11:2-11

When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ,
he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question,
“Are you the one who is to come,
or should we look for another?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear,
the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”

As they were going off,
Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,
“What did you go out to the desert to see?
A reed swayed by the wind?
Then what did you go out to see?
Someone dressed in fine clothing?
Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces.
Then why did you go out? To see a prophet?
Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
This is the one about whom it is written:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way before you.

Amen, I say to you,
among those born of women
there has been none greater than John the Baptist;
yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”


Jesus’ ministry up to this time, had embodied healing and mercy, which led John to ask the question: ” Are you God’s Messiah?” 

Jesus refers to the Old Testament Scriptures for his response, alluding to several passages from the prophet Isaiah that envision future salvation as a time of merciful healing, wholeness and re-creation of all things. He then adds a gentle but unmistakable admonition to John, urging him to take “no offense”  at Jesus’ activity. The Messiah’s words seem to insist that human expectations cannot and must not govern God’s saving action on behalf of sick and wounded mankind. 

Jesus then turns toward the crowds to clarify the Baptist’s important role in the unfolding of God’s plan of Salvation. [see reference]




Reference: Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word 2017

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