The Third Sunday after Trinity
July 3, 2022
Luke 7:18-23 (NIV) “John's disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, 19 he sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?" 20 When the men came to Jesus, they said, "John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, 'Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?'" 21 At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. 22 So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 23 Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me."
Followers of John the Baptist came to Jesus with a question. John surely knew who Jesus was, but wanted these men to find out the answer for themselves. They heard about and even saw the kinds of things Jesus had done. Of special importance is the fact that “the good news is preached to the poor.” That Gospel message is for all poor sinners, and who is not a sinner, poverty-stricken before God?
Jesus, the very Son of God, came to earth to serve. Blessed is the man who continues to follow this humble Jesus!
O Lord, who never fails to help and govern those whom thou dost bring up in thy steadfast fear and love, make us to have perpetual love of thy holy name and to serve others as we have opportunity. All this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord. Amen