Today’s Lectio Divina offers further insight through John The Baptist. The mission to his disciples prefigures the words from the cross, “My lord, my God. Why have you forsaken me?”
John may be seen as having feelings of doubt in the middle of his own passion and suffering. “Has it all been in vain? I seem cut-off in the middle of my work.My tent is set to the wind. Little is accomplished. Herod still rules the land. Evil, fornications and persecution of the poor still seem to flourish. Please, reassure me that my work has indeed been accomplished.” And the message is not only a personal query but also intended as a lesson for his own disciples, to whom he had said, “One mightier than I is to come.” Jesus’ response reinforces these words through the echoes of tradition already manifest in Jesus’ words and miracles.