No one who reads this is practicing custody of the eyes
posted by Father Stephanos, O.S.B. at 1:07 PM
I have difficulty believing...ok...wait...I'll just say it...I can't believe John is doubting Jesus. If John can recognize Jesus while they are still both in the womb; if John can recognize Jesus as Jesus asks to be baptized; if John can recognize Jesus as the Lamb of God and tell his own disciples to follow Jesus; I don't understand why he would doubt now.I see John's question being for the benefit of his remaining followers for they will likely soon be leaderless. I see Jesus' answer as being for the benefit of John's followers and his own (who had some serious doubts).I see the message of this passage as being about the centrality of action to a Christian disciple. The prophets don't prove who Jesus is. Jesus' own words don't prove who he is. It's Jesus' actions that are the proof. Same for us. We can talk about discipleship all we want, but if we don't act like a disciple are words and our beliefs mean nothing.But I'm sure I see this passage like this because I NEED to see it like this.
When Peter told Jesus, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God," Jesus confirmed that Peter had received a divine revelation straight from the Father.Yet, despite direct divine revelation, Peter immediately tried to restrain Jesus from teaching that the Christ, the Son of the Living God, was to be taken by the religious and political authorities of the land for suffering and execution. In response, Jesus told Peter,"Get yourself behind me, Satan! Now you are thinking as a man, not as one who receives direct divine revelation."John in the womb, was able to recognize, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the presence of Jesus the Lord. That does not mean that John is unable to have doubts or misunderstandings about how the Lord is to accomplish his work. In fact, John even says at one point in the Gospel, "I did not know him."John 1:26-31John answered them, "I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie." This happened in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, 'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.' I DID NOT KNOW HIM, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel."
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