The Least in the Kingdom is Greater Than He

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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.”

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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

“Blessed Are the Peacemakers- For They Will Be Called Children of God”

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers Happy All Saints Day! ! Awhile back, the angels asked me to dedicate Sundays to the Gospel readings. With love and gratitude, here is the Gospel of Matthew with a loving angel guided message behind it. MATTHEW 5:1-12a

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.”

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The angels had told me once to remember the Beatitudes always. “These are wonderful insights” the angels said. “The Beatitudes really help to understand God’s Kingdom. This will be the way that Jesus asks – is through His Gospels. The Beatitudes are Wisdom of God’s teaching. It is how God loves to see his people. God sees everyone for their righteous deeds, for He is Sovereign. It is important for people in this day and age to stay close to Christ. All are blessed with the Word, with His Spirit and the presence of Jesus in our hearts. The Trinity invites you to recognize your own inner peace, which is God given. and to recognize it in others when it is hard to see or imagine there is so. This is how God sees you, with love and Truth. All are His people- all are with the Blessed Words of Christ, the insight given to Him by God the Father is blessed and stands true for all to hear and act upon. There is a reason the first one begins with humility- for all are based with righteousness, all create inner peace- and all will help you shine. Give thanks regularly for all will be heard – and all are blessed”

The Angel Team ~

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