For 15 December 2016, Thursday of the 3rd week of Advent, based on Luke 7:24-30
When Johnâ€™s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: â€œWhat did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who put on fine clothing and live in luxury are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, â€˜See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.â€™ I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.â€ (And all the people who heard this, including the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God, because they had been baptized with Johnâ€™s baptism. But by refusing to be baptized by him, the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected Godâ€™s purpose for themselves.)
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.