John the Baptist lived ” the darkness of the mistake, the darkness of a life burned in error”
A) The text of the speech by J.M.Bergoglio:
“John’s life “was not easy” ……. Thus, at a certain point, during the period that John was incarcerated, «he suffered the trial of darkness, of his soul’s darkest hour». And that scene, Francis commented, «is moving: the great one, the greatest one sent two disciples to Jesus, to ask Him: ‘John asks you: Are you He who is to come or shall we look for another?”». Thus, along John’s path appeared «the darkness of mistake, the darkness of life burnt out in error. And for him, this was a cross». To John’s question «Jesus responds with the words of Isaiah». The Baptist «understands, but his heart remains in darkness»” (morning meditation in the chapel of the DOMUS SANCTAE MARTHAE, February 6 2015)
B) References to Scriptures:
“John, summoning two of his disciples, sent them to the Lord to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to expect someone else?’ ” (Luk 7:18b-19)
“Then there appeared to him the angel of the Lord, standing on the right of the altar of incense. Luk 1:12 The sight disturbed Zechariah and he was overcome with fear. But the angel said to him, ‘Zechariah, do not be afraid, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth is to bear you a son and you shall name him John. He will be your joy and delight and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord; he must drink no wine, no strong drink; even from his mother’s womb he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, and he will bring back many of the Israelites to the Lord their God. With the spirit and power of Elijah, he will go before him to reconcile fathers to their children and the disobedient to the good sense of the upright, preparing for the Lord a people fit for him’ ” (Luk 1:11-17)
“When John’s messengers had gone he began to talk to the people about John, ‘What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swaying in the breeze? No! Then what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? Look, those who go in magnificent clothes and live luxuriously are to be found at royal courts! Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet: he is the one of whom scripture says: Look, I am going to send my messenger in front of you to prepare your way before you. ‘I tell you, of all the children born to women, there is no one greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.’ All the people who heard him, and the tax collectors too, acknowledged God’s saving justice by accepting baptism from John; but by refusing baptism from him the Pharisees and the lawyers thwarted God’s plan for them” (Luk 7:24-30)
With these statements, Bergoglio insinuates in people’s hearts, the thought that even John the Baptist, in his Trial, has doubted Christ, thereby demolishing the person of John the Baptist and denying Jesus’ words: “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there It has risen no one greater than John the Baptist “(Mt 11,11).
By what authority, conferred by who, does Bergoglio distort the Scripture and puts on the lips of John the Baptist words that he has never pronounced?
What spirit told Bergoglio that John the Baptist would have said “I was wrong”?
In which passage of the Sacred Scripture, is it written?
In none, because it has never been written that John the Baptist doubted of Jesus. John the Baptist is well aware that Jesus is the Messiah because he is witness of the voice of God that, on the banks of the Jordan river, pronounces the words: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”(Mt 3,17).
So, in all probability, the question that John asks his disciples to say (“Are you He who comes, or should we wait for another?”) is not for himself but for those who, at that time and in the time, should have had to become aware of the Messiah and of His action.
And Jesus, well-aware of this, has stated that “among those born of women there is none greater than John, and the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Lk 7,28).