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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/121417.cfm
Jesus said to the crowds: “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. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force. All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”
John the Baptist was the last Prophet, there were no more. He proclaimed the coming of the Messiah. He told the people of who was to come but many did not accept it. Jesus told them, but many did not listen to Him either. Have you listened? Do you believe that the Messiah, Jesus, came? Do you believe He came for you and died to save you? The Kingdom of Heaven still suffers from those who try to deny the truth. Where do you stand? Whom do you believe?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have ears and I hear your voice. I hear the words that you have for those who believe. I pray that others hear you as I do. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.