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Gospel for the Thursday of the 2nd Week of Advent

Matthew 11:11-15

Summary: Jesus proclaimed John the Baptist as the greatest born of women, yet those in the Kingdom of Heaven surpass even him. He noted the Kingdom's turbulent advance since John's time and affirmed John as Elijah's prophesied return, urging attentive listening and acceptance of this truth.

Greatness of John the Baptist

Jesus said to the crowds: “Amen, I say to you, among those born of women, there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force. All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

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