A reading from the letter of St James.
Do not lose heart, for the Lord’s coming will be soon.
Be patient, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. Think of a farmer: how patien1tly
he waits for the precious fruit of the ground until it has had the autumn rains and
the spring rains! You too have to be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord’s
coming will be soon. Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so
as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen
waiting at the gates. For your example, brothers, in submitting with patience,
take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
This is the word of the Lord.
The spirit of the Lord has been given to me.
Re has sent me to bring good news to the poor.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.
Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?
John in his prison had heard what Christ was doing and he sent his disciples to
ask him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone
else?’ Jesus answered, ‘Go back and tell John what you hear and see; the blind
see again, and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead
are raised to life and the Good News is proclaimed to the poor; and happy is the
man who does not lose faith in me:
As the messengers were leaving, Jesus began to talk to the people about John:
‘What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the breeze?
No? Then what did you go out to see? A man wearing fine clothes? Oh no, those
who wear fine clothes are to be found in palaces. Then what did you go out for?
To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet: he is the one
of whom scripture says: Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he
will prepare your way before you. I tell you solemnly, of all the children born of
women, a greater than John the Baptist has never been seen; yet the least in the
kingdom of heaven is greater than he is.’
This is the Gospel of the Lord