In our gospel reading for the third Sunday in Advent we see St John the Baptist asking Jesus, ‘Who are you?’
Its a question that almost anyone who has thought about matters of life and death is likely to ask. Is this really the Son of God, who through His life, death and resurrection offers us the means of eternal life?
We learn that Jesus’ response to John’s enquiry is to draw his attention to the miracles that He is performing: the deaf hear, the blind can see and the lame now walk.
Stunning though these miracles are they are also metaphors that point beyond themselves to the greater task of healing humanity from the effects of sin which Jesus will accomplish. In doing so he empties death of its power and turns it too into a metaphor which points beyond itself to the transition into perfect eternal new life in Christ, which Jesus makes possible for those who follow Him.