The Least in the Kingdom

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For 16 December 2021, Thursday of the third week of Advent, based on Luke 7:24-30

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When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What 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,
“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.”
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.’ (And all the people who heard this, including the tax-collectors, acknowledged the justice of God, because they had been baptized with John’s baptism. But by refusing to be baptized by him, the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’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.

About Sr. Mary Ellen Green, O.P.

Mary Ellen is a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, USA. She is currently serving on the staff of Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center in Woodruff, WI. Her ministry experience includes congregation leadership; secondary education (teaching and administration); formation and vocation ministry; and preaching retreats through Parable Conference for Dominican Life and Mission. In 2005-06 she spent fifteen months living at the Monastery of Sainte-Marie de Prouilhe, the cradle of the Dominican Order in southern France.