This is the question that the disciples of John the Baptist asked Jesus. But is also a question that sometimes we Catholics ask. Do we have to wait for someone else, or for something else? For John, the question is about the fulfillment of everything a devout Jew would expect of the Messiah. For us, it is to know whether we will find the answers to the questions of our hearts in Jesus, or will we have to find them in someone else.
This question obviously presents the desire for spiritual things, but also the need of some certainty about the nature of what we have expected. I believe that every one of us is created to live with God, and every moment of our lives is a moment in which we long for the Lord, as Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote: “You formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You”.
We can ask ourselves if it is in Jesus that we can find fulfillment for the desires of our souls. Or is there another who can give us more than what Jesus offers?
What amazes me is that, in the history of the world, there have been so many great people, great leaders, people whom we admire. People followed them, served them or served under their leadership. But no one consecrates his or her life to any of them in the same way so many do for the Lord Jesus.
Should we wait and look for someone else? No! Because no one else will ever be comparable to Jesus. Because, as Isaiah says, “Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.” It is your God who comes to save you, and no one and nothing is greater than God.
In the Gospel, Jesus does not answer directly; he does not say, “Yes I am the one.” Rather, he encouraged John’s disciples to see his works: “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.”
In the very same way, if we look at our lives and at the world that surrounds us, we will see not only the hand of God at work, but also experience His presence. Then we will realize that He is the One whom we have been expecting.