Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
Third Sunday of Advent Homily
John the Baptist was a prisoner of King Herod at the time he sent his disciples to Jesus with the question: ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’ It seems an odd question from the one who had actually promoted Jesus to the people. But for centuries, Israel had suffered under the oppressive rule of foreign powers and their own leaders were often unfaithful and corrupt. In the face of this pervasive evil, John had sought to prepare the way for God to finally overcome the evildoers and establish his kingdom. He was paying the price of his outspokenness.