John the Baptist returns for Advent 3B (John 1:6-8,19-28). But do we handicap the truth by expecting honesty in response to a dishonest question?

How dishonesty keeps the faithful from seeing Jesus
Advent 3B  |  John 1:6-8,19-28

Standing Among Us

Who are you?

This is the question the priests and Levites were sent to ask.

Sent. By whom? The Pharisees. So why are the Pharisees sending the priests and Levites like these are servants sent by the lord of the manor? Like private investigators hired by a jealous spouse? Or like slaves sent by a master?

“Who are you?” they are to ask. Innocently, of course. Innocent in appearance, but far more sinister in intention, I’m afraid.

Who are you? is never really that innocent a question.

It is no more innocent than a man baptizing in a river.

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