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Thoughts for the Week


Third Sunday of Advent

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
13th December 2015

St. John's Motives and the Envy of the Others by St. John Chrysostom

Did you not preach Him to all men, even before these signs and wonders? Why then, when He is known to all and when His fame spreads in all directions do you send to ask this concerning Him? What has happened? Were all those testimonies of yours false; nothing but fables and old wives' tales? Who of sound mind would say such a thing; certainly not of John who leaped in the womb of his mother at the approach of Christ, who, then unborn, had still proclaimed Him; the dweller in the desert, of angelic life. Even were he the lowest of men, he could not be uncertain about Christ after his own testimony and that of others. Therefore it is plain that he did not send to Christ through any doubt of his own nor did he enquire as one in ignorance of the facts.

Nor can anyone say that he did know the facts but had become timid in prison. For he did not expect to be freed from prison, nor if he did was he prepared to deny the truth, for which he was more than once ready to die. Unless he had been more than ready to die he would never have shown such courage before a people who were well known for their proclivity to shed the blood of the Prophets.

We must then give an answer: Why did he send to ask this question? The disciples of John were moved to envy against Christ, as is seen from what they once said to their Master (John 3:26), and again from the complaint made by one of them, together with the Jews: We and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not.

They did not yet know who Christ was and, thinking him a mere man, however great, and that John was more than a mere man, they were grieved to see Jesus' fame increasing, while that of John was in eclipse. This attitude had kept them back from drawing near to the Lord. So long as John was with them, he tried to convince them of the truth regarding Christ; but now, when he expected nothing but death at the hands of Herod, he was concerned about them. He was afraid to leave them in this uncertain state; afraid that they might remain thus, apart from Christ, to whom he had tried to lead them. Had he said to them: Go, follow him, for he is greater than I, they would not have obeyed through conviction. He sends them to Christ so that he may convince them!