December 11, 2004
Saturday of the Second Week of Advent
Jason Koch, LC
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.
Introductory Prayer:Lord Jesus, my savior,
I wish to please you through my prayer. Help me
to be here for you and listen to what you
wish to tell me today.
Petition:Christ, I pray that you would
forgive me from my worldly ways and instruct me in
your own ways.
1. Elijah Has Come.b> “But I tell you
that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize
him.” Many of the Jews were anxiously looking for the
coming of Elijah, for the return of one of the
greatest prophets of old. As told in the book of
the prophet Malachi (3:23): “Lo, I will send you Elijah,
the prophet, before the day of the Lord comes, the
great and terrible day.” Even after the Christ’s resurrection, many
Jews disputed Christ as the Messiah since “Elijah” had not
returned. The truth of the matter was that “they did
not recognize him.” Who knows what they were looking for
exactly. What we do know is that they were definitely
not seeking someone who would demand a repentance from their
2. The Holy Spirit Speaks. Elijah has also come in
many ways into our lives. Whether we recognize him or
not will depend immensely on what we are looking for.
How regularly does the Holy Spirit tell us something in
prayer that we don’t want to hear and we pretend
not to notice? It’s amazing how seldom our expectations are
exactly the same as God’s. He asks one thing and
we want so many things that are contrary to his
will. The Messiah wants to come into our lives, but
cannot do so until we recognize his harbinger of grace.
Seek the Lord at all times; in other words, have
an ear open to hear his voice, and you will
much sooner find Christ’s peace.
3. Whatever You Please. They did
to John whatever they pleased. They may have taken some
ideas from him that they liked. Or they may have
disregarded everything he said after he insisted on their repentance.
Whatever the case they did not accept his message regarding
the one who was to come after him, the one
whose sandals he was not worthy to loosen. This is
the lot of those who want to choose the Christ
they worship; they cannot accept him unless they can pick
what suits them according to their worldly standards. Yet the
worst part is that they really choose themselves. Let us
not filter the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, but listen
and fulfill each and every one with love.
Dialogue with Christ:
Jesus, make me more like you in thoughts, words and
deeds. I want to be like you in the way
you accepted the Father’s will at all times. Give me
the grace I need to grow in love for you
Resolution: I will be attentive to the voice
of the Holy Spirit and respond quickly when I hear