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Sunday, February 11: Report to John what you hear and see

MatthewWe return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Matthew, which emphasizes Jesus' divine nature and his status as the Messiah—as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.

Read Matthew 11:1-6

After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.

When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?"

Jesus replied, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me."

Reflect

John the Baptist had known that his cousin Jesus was someone special, but here he's apparently still not a hundred percent sure just who. Beyond his actual words, what does Jesus' response to John say about Jesus?

Respond

As was so often the case for Jesus, here he relies on the actions of his life, rather than just the words of his mouth, to speak the truth. What are three specific ways that you can follow Jesus' example of speaking to others through your actions?

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