DEAR my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
As they were coming down from the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today still proclaims about John the Baptist who points to Jesus Christ and prepares the way for His coming. He fulfills the essential task of all the prophets that is to be fingers pointing to Jesus Christ.
As we know him well, John the Baptist is the last and greatest prophet of the old covenant, the bridge connecting between the Old Testament and the New Testament. He fills the role of Elijah and prepares the way for the coming of Jesus Christ by preaching a baptism of repentance and renewal. He is the prophet who witnesses that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God taking away the sin of the world.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship Jesus Christ as a watchful servants preparing for the Lord Jesus Christ’s coming again. There we are turning away from our sins. Let’s be eager to do God’s will and be prepared to meet the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns in glory.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, guide our zeal for Your righteousness. Free us from compromising with the ways of sin and worldliness that we may be wholeheartedly devoted to You and to Your Kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
Photo credit: Prophet Elijah (Ist)
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