This coming Sunday we light the third candle of the Advent wreath, the candle of Love and we are reminded that: “the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory,

the glory of the Father's one and only Son.” (John 1:14, New Living Translation)

This week, as we reflect on Bible passages like Matthew 11:2-11, we discover what it is like to live in a world that has been infused with God’s love through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

John the Baptist’s disciples ask Jesus the question their teacher longed to know the answer: ‘Are you the one who is to come or should we look for another?’ – and Jesus’ reply startles and surprises them.

Jesus answered by giving them a new vision for the world, a vision that was being birthed through His ministry. He said: Go back and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.’

In other words, he was saying, “Don’t just take my word for it. See for yourselves what I have accomplished.“

On the third Sunday of Advent we light the candle of Love to acknowledge and remember that through Jesus’ ministry God’s love was poured out in the world.

Because the Word became human the good news could be seen, touched, felt and heard in people’s lives.

Today, we who follow Jesus are charged to take up His ministry of sharing God’s love with people in need in our communities and further afield.

We don’t ask people to take our word for it because our actions speak for us.

During this third week of Advent let’s respond to John the Baptist’s call to prepare the way for Jesus through acts of love and care for one another.