Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent

Matt 11:16-19

Jesus Laments

I would like to share with you the second paragraph of the poem written by a young girl who committed suicide. Perhaps if the people surrounding her had shown a little more love and had paid more attention to her, her death could have been prevented. This is the second paragraph of her poem:

The greatest pain in life is not to die but to be forgotten.

To be left in the dust after another’s great achievement.

To never get a call from a friend just saying “hi”.

When you show someone your innermost thoughts and they laugh in your face.

For friends to always be too busy to console you when you need someone to lift your spirits.

When it seems like the only person who cares about you is you.

Jesus in today’s gospel says, “To what shall I compare this generation?” Through these words, Jesus rebukes the ways of the Jews as being childish. God had done all things possible, yet the Jews refuse to believe, accept, change and cooperate.

A priest, in his homily, said that God sent John the Baptist and then Jesus. John and Jesus lived a different life like for example: John lived an austere and ascetic life; almost weird in the eyes of the Jews because he neither eating nor drinking but he was thought to be a demoniac. While Jesus made no departure from the usual and ordinary lifestyle of the Jews; He ate and drank with people, even with society’s outcasts but He was called a glutton and a drunkard. No approach could satisfy the Jews if it suggested a change in their belief and way of life.

How about our generation, are we open to the ways of His Spirit who blows where He wills? Are we open to the many changes and surprises God brings in our life, in the church and in the world? Actually, God is calling us to change for the better and always say yes to all these changes He has given us as we journey through life.

How can we authentically change for Him? First, we have to ask for the grace. Then we need to fall in love with the person of Christ. Once we have fallen in love with Him, we will change. Even if it is painful for our human nature we don’t mind. We no longer live for what we want. We look to see what the one we love wants. This is love. This is what makes a person happy. This is for what a person is created.

At the end let us reflect these words coming from known personalities in our times:

Leo Tolstoy: “Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.”

Thomas a’Kempis: “Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”

Association of Church Missions Commisions Newsletter, (Autumn, 1989, p. 1.): “Behavioral studies show that if 2% of a homogeneous group is strongly dedicated to a given cause, that small minority can eventually move the whole.”

See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

OPTION  01,   02,   03,

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