“As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: What did you go out into the wilderness to behold? A reed shaken by the wind? Why then did you go out? To see a man dressed in soft robes? Behold, those who wear soft robes are in kings’ houses. Why then did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.’ Matthew 11: 7-10
St. John is no “reed shaken by the wind.” He is not diverted from the path of discipline or mindful of earthly pleasures.
He is the greatest and last Old Testament prophet. Jesus tells us though that even the “least” saint in the New Testament outshines St. John. John bears witness to…
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