Wednesday of the 24th Week of the Year

Luke 7:31-35

Jesus’ Testimony to John

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

In the gospel the theme of childish stubbornness comes out. The people wanted things to be the way they wished. John and Jesus were God’s messengers, using different ways of communicating God’s life. Yet they were judged as either possessed by the demons or gluttons and drunkards. They closed their minds and hearts to God’s communication, failed to recognize God at the time of their “visitation.”

The gospel challenges us today to listen with our minds and hearts to any way God chooses to communicate with us. It is the voice of the Spirit within us that will make us recognize God’s voice. (Sr. Marian Herrera, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)

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Today’s gospel challenges us to open our closed hearts and minds and look again: what keeps us from opening to whatever changes God may want from our lives? Some of those who don’t want conversion simply fear the legitimate adjustments they have to make to those changes. Habits can be really hard to break. Some fear the unknown conversion sometimes brings. The familiar can be very securing. Conversion can also be very humbling. It can make us realize how little we know and how helpless we can be.

When we put before the Lord our conversion, we realize that He can make something new of us. Following the Lord may show us new things to learn and master and emerge a better person. All He asks is our trust and confidence that He who has given us our lives will lead us to the right path. If indeed we love the Lord, it would be good to remember what St. Paul said: “Everything works for the good of those who love Him,” (Rom 8:28). Fr. Bernard R. Collera, SVD Bible Diary 2006

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I once read a story about a female actress whose bedroom was lined with mirrors. Whenever she turned, she saw a beautiful image of herself. As the years went by, she put on so much weight that the image she saw in the mirrors no longer pleased her. She had the mirrors removed, and had them replaced by specially designed ones: those that distorted her image, making her look slimmer than she was. She was happy as long as she was within the confines of her bedroom.

“Between the devil and the deep blue sea” can easily describe the lament of Jesus in today’s gospel. John led an ascetic life and he was accused of being “possessed.” Jesus freely socialized, dined with everyone and even described God’s kingdom as a “wedding banquet,” and he was branded a “drunkard” and a “glutton.” Their accusers were playing games like children, ruled by whims, which perhaps stemmed from unrecognized fear. John and Jesus were threats to them and their established authority. What was threatening had to be rejected and destroyed.

John and Jesus were not intimidated. The fruits of their works spoke for themselves. They were “justified in the Spirit,” as the first reading puts it. (Sr. Lou-Anne, SSpS Bible Diary 2007)

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One of the parish activities that attract young and old alike in our SVD parish in Medellin, Colombia is the children’s Mass at 10:30AM every Sunday. What is so special about this Mass? The whole celebration caters to children and it is prepared and executed by children. To come up with a meaningful Mass every Sunday entails a joint effort between the catechists and the children to prepare the reflection of the gospel and to communicate the message  of the gospel by the use of dramatization, puppetry, question and answer, mimicry and pantomime. It is a concerted work which demands collaboration with the children. But the tedious part occurs when children are not in the mood to participate and they prefer to move around and play. They become unbearable and hard to be with. They change a lot; one weekend they are okay and the other week not. Well after all, they are children, so they say.

The message is loud and clear: Jesus is angry with men and women acting like children. Usually, children are characterized by their tantrums and shifting moods. They tend to call attention and try to show by the way they act and react that the world ought to revolve around them. They consider themselves as the axis of everything. This kind of attitude opens up to possible frustration and despair. In this regard, Jesus criticizes people who act like children carried away by their momentary feelings. Those who act like this are childish, far from what Jesus says as being childlike. In being childlike, one’s heart opens up to God and acknowledges His sovereignty and providence.

How do we react then when things don’t go our way? (Fr. Noel Rebancos, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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What do you think? Suppose an opinion survey – if the thing had already been fashionable at the time – had been taken of John the Baptizer and of Jesus of Nazareth, how would they have fared? Of course, we suppose also that the survey have nee conducted by a reputable, independent mind and, more importantly, not founded nor influenced, in anyway, by the Scribes and Pharisees. And the respondents, we suppose again, a good segment of the population of Galilee, Samaria and Judea, Jerusalem especially. How Jesus have fared? How would John the Baptizer?

Predictably, either one would have obtained a negative rating. How low would have been Jesus’ rating? Lower than John’s? Possibly. Hard for us to tell, from our vantage point.

But of this we might be sure: the main reason for the poor result on John would have been his seeming negative attitude towards food and intoxicating drinks, and so, apparently, he was possessed by a demon. And on Jesus, among others that He seemed to appreciate food and drinks too much and, worse still, that He would eat and drink with sinners and tax collectors.

Come to think of it:  When Jesus stood before Pilate, as before a representative of the powerful of this world, did not Pilate conduct an official, if oral, opinion survey? In a last minute attempt to save Jesus from His enemies, he asked the mob right there before him as he sat on his throne: “Jesus or Barabas?” and the resounding answer – “Release Barabas to us! Crucify Him!”

A cry that should make us sit and think and ask: What of the thousands whom Jesus fed and healed and enlightened – for free?  No collection taken up, no enriching of himself at all. Did they suddenly become the silent majority? Or, were they so easily swayed into joining the outspoken minority, turning their backs just like that on their Great Benefactor? At any rate, they had their way. They crucified Jesus.

Only after he had breathed his last did it dawn on those who crucified Him what a terrible mistake they had made. Virtually giving voice to the many, the centurion and his men at Calvary, seeing what was happening at his death, exclaimed: “Truly this is the son of God!” but it was too late. The work of redeeming the world had been finished! (Fr. Cornelio Alpuerto, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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SURPRISE TEACHERS (Lk 7:31-35): We all have our experiences with children. Many of you are parents. Some of you have younger brothers and sisters.

Oftentimes, children do not listen to us when we tell them things. For instance, they may not listen when we tell them to brush their teeth before going to bed, or when we tell them to put things in order after using them, or when we tell them to look left and right before crossing the street.

Then one day, we suddenly see them washing the dishes or diligently placing their toys in the proper places after playing with them. Then we say, “What a miracle! Why are you well behaved now?”

Then they say, “My teacher told me to do this.”

All of us have experienced this. I have experienced this with my nephews and nieces as well. We tell them what to do and they do not listen. But when the teacher tells them what to do, they listen. They do whatever the teacher tells them to do.

This is called selective listening. Children hear their parents and they hear their teachers. But they only follow their teachers and not their parents. I think children are entitled to that. It is a form of childishness.

This is also found in the gospel. John the Baptizer said to the people, “Repent.” But the people didn’t call him an ascetic or a fanatic. On the other hand, the Lord said, “We must eat with sinners. We must reach out to sinners.” And the people said, “The Lord is too lenient.”

Was there anything wrong with John the Baptizer? Was there anything wrong with the Lord Jesus? No. There was nothing wrong with the parent and neither was there anything wrong with the teacher. It was just another case of selective listening.

People just choose to listen to what they want to listen to. When they do not want to listen, they play deaf and dumb.

We all know people like, don’t we? They suddenly grow deaf when we remind them of their debts. They suddenly grow deaf when they are criticized. They say, ‘I am not sure I understand what you are saying.”

But when they hear something nice about themselves, or there is word that there will be a salary increase at the office, they hear it, even though they are kilometres away. That is called selective listening.

Now brothers and sisters, as we reflect on the gospel, it is good to ask ourselves, who are those we listen to, and who are those we do not listen to?

Some people will say, “Why are you listening to that person? He is a womanizer.” Others will say to themselves, “Why should I listen to that person, she is pro-contraception or she is pro-abortion.” Or “Why should I listen to him, he doesn’t have a wife himself.”

Some of us have our prejudices. Some of us have our biases. Some of us, no matter how old we become, remain childish. We continue to select only those things we want to listen to.

But in doing this, we also lose.

My answer to you is, “Everybody is in the same boat.” All of us do not know everything. But we can listen. Because we have a lot to learn from people for whom we think we have no respect.

Who are the people for whom we have no respect? Who are the people for whom we have incorrigible biases? Who are the people for whom we have incorrigible prejudices? Who are the people whom we think we have nothing to learn from?

If we could only stop thinking this way, I am sure we will have a lot to learn from these unexpected teachers. (Socrates Villegas,  Jesus Loves You, pp. 178-180)

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The situation that Jesus criticizes in the gospel is immaturity. The gospel description is glaring: Jesus is angry with “men acting like children.” Children can be cute, the apple of our eyes. Their simplicity and humility make them a picture of what we should be before God our Father. But children could also be trying with their tantrums and shifting moods. Yes, children usually do not care when you are. You can be in the church or in very serious conversations with friends. They do not care. They just shift moods, and they put you on the spot. Hence:

  • Immaturity is not giving justice to your age or stature.
  • Immaturity is inconsistency, fickle-mindedness.
  • Immaturity is not knowing how to control yourself.
  • Immaturity is not caring what happens to others.

At the core of immaturity is then the mentality that the world ought to revolve around “me.” I am the axis of everything. The mentality then opens one to a great possibility of frustrations and despair. “I” cannot always be the star, the center of the family, of the school, of work, and of friends (Fr. Domie Guzman SSP New Morning New Everyday p. 279).

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September 19, 2012

St. Januarius, bishop and martyr
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Wednesday of the 24th Week
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1 Cor 12:31—13:13
Ps 33
Lk 7:31-35

Jesus’ Testimony to John

[Jesus said to the crowds,] 31“Then to what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 32They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,/ ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance./ We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’/ 33For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ 34The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ 35But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

Reflection:

To what shall I compare the people of this generation? Jesus points out the insincerity of the people of his generation. They do not show sincere collaboration and do not have any honest commitment. They manifest this in their inconsistency. All they do is to criticize, complain, or compare. They question the ways of John the Baptist. They are equally critical of the actions of Jesus.

We cannot say we do better in our generation. There is a tendency for us to expect a God who acts according to our likes and wishes. We want God to do what we want, to give what we desire, to conform to our moods, to adjust to our expectations. Coupled with this is the tendency to avoid the messages of God, to look for excuses to free ourselves from committing to God. We are even selective in obeying God’s commands. We refuse to change, to be converted.

God desires our conversion and reformed way of life. Let us heed God’s call.

What is your response to Catholic parish projects or initiatives like outreach to the poor,
active involvement in election watchdog activities, advocating pro-life policies, campaign against graft and corruption? 

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In today’s gospel, Jesus sees that those who are listening to him do not understand what he is offering them. He tries to get them to see themselves and their situation by comparing them to complaining children. It is not a flattering comparison. They are rejecting both John the Baptist and Jesus, while judging themselves as righteous. They have no idea of the reality of the situation.

Jesus often uses children as models of dependence, simplicity, littleness. He says that unless we become like little children, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God (cf. Mt 18:3). However, not every characteristic of children is good. Children can be selfish, immature and imprudent. Jesus points out that his listeners are acting like “spoiled” children in this sense, sitting in their demanding nature, wanting the world to revolve around themselves. Full of expectations on how things should be, the people find excuses to reject both John the Baptist and Jesus. Jesus invites them to follow him, opening their hearts to a new life, a new way of being with God. He wants them to be free from the slavery of sin and slavery to the letter of the law, and so enter into the kingdom. But they do not want to let go of their view of things.

Jesus’ description of his listeners stands as a gentle warning to us. He is telling us not to remain in our immaturity and in an attachment to our own ways. We cannot sit it in our expectations of the way of life should be, the way God should be, or the way others should behave. Jesus is calling us to maturity, and that means a certain dying to our selfish attachments, our expectations, our prejudices. It means opening ourselves to the ways of God. He is inviting us to be true children of God, led by his wisdom.

We do well to reflect on today’s first reading. St. Paul’s canticle of love shows us how to live the love to which we are called. The reading speaks of many behaviours that we confront in our daily relationships: jealousy, putting on airs, snobbishness, rudeness, self-seeking, being prone to anger, brooding over injuries. When we give in to our selfishness, we resist the truth that the Lord holds out to us. The call to sacrificial love becomes very real as we struggle with these attitudes and behaviours. It is only as we bring to the cross that childish part of ourselves and accept God’s way instead that we can see God’s wisdom in all the events of our lives.

In what ways do I act like the “squatting” children? What do I find “hard to take” in my walk with the Lord? Do I pray for a purification of my attitudes and behaviours? (Pondering the Word the Anawim Way – August 26, 2012 to October 123, 2012, Cycle B Year II September 19, 2012 pp. 123-124).

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The situation that Jesus criticizes in the gospel is immaturity. The gospel description is glaring: Jesus is angry with “men acting like children.” Children can be cute, the apple of our eyes. Their simplicity and humility make them a picture of what we should be before God our Father. But children could also be trying with their tantrums and shifting moods. Yes, children usually do not care where you are. You can be in the church or in a very serious conversation with friends. They do not care. They just shift moods, and they put you on the spot. Hence:

  • Immaturity is not giving justice to your age or status
  • Immaturity is inconsistency, fickle-mindedness
  • Immaturity is not knowing how to control yourself
  • Immaturity is not caring what happens to others

At the core of immaturity is then the mentality that the world ought to revolve around “me.” I am the axis of everything. This mentality then opens one to a great possibility of frustrations and despair. “I” cannot always be the star, the center of the family, of the school, of work, and of friends (Fr. Domie Guzman SSP, New Every Morning New Everyday, published 2006 p. 279).

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V. 32 – “Dance with the music. but don’t forget the basic.” Rhythm and lyrics may change, but the tunes of do re mi remain. Hold on to God’s unchanging love. even if time and seasons change, may your love for God and others remain (Fr. Ching OP).

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WEDNESDAY OF THE 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) LUKAS 7:31-35. Unsa may makapahimo sa tawo nga sirado sa pagpaminaw sa Pulong sa Ginoo? Daghan sa mga Hudiyo nagreklamo sa mga paagi ni Juan; nagbagolbol usab sila sa mga gipanghimo ni Hesus. Aduna bay sayop si Juan ug si Jesus? Wala. Sa pagkatinuod, kining mga tawhana aduna nay naandan nga pamaagi ug dili na abli sa bag-ong panghunahuna. Bisan sa atong panahon, adunay mga tawo nga sama niini’g kinaiya – magsigi la’g panaway sa gihimo sa uban; apan sa ilang kabahin wala usay gihimo nga kaayohan. Dili nimo matambagan kay dili maminaw ug magtuman sa ilang kagustohan. Adunay panultihon nga nagkanayon, “The hardest thing to open is a close mind” (Ang pinakagahi ablihan mao ang hunahuna nga sirado). Ang hinungdan sa ingon niini nga batasan mao ang garbo. Ang garboso dili gyod makasabot ug makatuman sa kabubut-on sa Ginoo.Posted by Abet Uy

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

WEDNESDAY OF THE 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) – LUKAS 7:31-35. UNSA MAY MAKAPAHIMO SA TAWO NGA SIRADO SA PAGPAMINAW SA PULONG SA GINOO? Daghan sa mga Hudiyo nagreklamo sa mga paagi ni Juan; nagbagolbol usab sila sa mga gipanghimo ni Hesus. Aduna bay sayop si Juan ug Hesus? Wala. Sa pagkatinuod, kining mga tawhana aduna nay naandan nga pamaagi ug dili na abli sa bag-ong panghunahuna. Bisan sa atong panahon, adunay mga tawo nga sama niini’g kinaiya – magsigi la’g panaway sa gihimo sa uban; apan sa ilang kabahin wala usay gihimo nga kaayohan. Dili nimo matambagan kay dili maminaw ug magtuman sa ilang kagustohan. Adunay panultihon, “The hardest thing to open is a close mind”, o “ang pinakagahi ablihan mao ang hunahuna nga sirado.” Ang hinungdan sa ingon nga batasan mao ang garbo. Ang garboso dili gayod makasabot sa kabubut-on sa Ginoo. Posted by Abet Uy

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Reflection for Wednesday September 17, Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 7:31-35 Reflection: Why did the Pharisees and scribes refuse to hear the message of conversion and hope of John and Jesus? There are many reasons why they refused to hear their message of conversion. But primarily Jesus and John were nobody for them; they (Pharisees and scribes) were the ruling class and rulers of their time. So why hear the message of these two nobodies?

By their contemptuous treatment of John and Jesus they deprived themselves of a meaningful life. A life that is not based on earthly power but based on a higher power that is beyond this world.

Why do many of us refuse to hear the conversion message of John and Jesus? Because we love this world more than we love the heavenly world beyond this world. This is the reason why so many of us refuse to hear the conversion message of John and Jesus.

But what will it do us if we amass all the things in this world if we are without Jesus? Could we bring to the next life the wealth that we have amassed in this world? Could our love of earthly wealth help us gain passage to heaven?

What if we hear and ponder the conversion message of John and Jesus?  We will certainly gain entry to heaven even if we are materially poor in this present and fleeting world.

It’s definitely better to be materially poor yet have Jesus in our lives that to be rich without Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Reflection for September 16, Wednesday Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs: Luke 7:31-35

Reflection: Are there people within your sphere of environment whom you find difficult to understand? For example, a friend who has nothing good to say about you. He always finds fault and is very quick to judge you. Yet he purposely closes her/his eyes on the good things that you do.

During Jesus time there were also many who found fault with Jesus and John the Baptist. John because of his life of ascetism and life spent more in the wilderness. John was labelled as possessed by the devil. Yet they choose to ignore the call of John for repentance and renewal of their lives.

They also did the same with Jesus, they labelled Him as friend of tax collectors and sinners. For the simple reason that Jesus once in a while mingles with them with the objective of converting them. Yet they also purposely closed their eyes to the countless healings and miracles that Jesus did.

In spite of all of these people who makes it their mission to make life difficult for us. Let us focus on Jesus and His teachings, let us simply do what is right regardless of what others may say and think about us. For if God is with us who then can be against us? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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REMEMBER YOUR PURPOSE – “Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” – Luke 7:34

Jesus knew who He is. He knew His purpose for coming to our world — to bring man back to God. He even ate and drank with sinners to show them hope in God’s love.

We, too, can and should reach out to others, to the point of entering their world. But be very sure of your purpose. Because it will be tempting to enjoy staying in that world and forget why you went there in the first place.

How many politicians run for office with the proclaimed purpose of serving the people — and end up serving themselves? How many worked hard to become multimillionaires to help others but ended up wanting for more and forgetting about others?

I minister to prisoners in jails. But I do not need to become a prisoner myself to reach out to them. I give them hope to be free, not to tell them to enjoy prison life.

In the same way, Jesus came down on earth to bring us up to heaven, not to stay here on earth forever.

So be sure that in going down for others, you will go up again, bringing others with you. Alvin Barcelona (apb_ayo@yahoo.com)

Reflection: Are you marching into hell for a heavenly cause? Be very careful not to stay there. Focus your gaze on the real purpose.

Lord, grant me not only the grace to dirty my hands and feet to serve others, but also the desire to be clean again and help others be clean, too.

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ARE YOU A PEOPLE PLEASER? – In more than 21 years of being a priest, I have discovered there are many fundamental truths of ministry that are not subject to change. One of them is that it is impossible to please all the people all the time. And the biggest problem in trying to do this is that the person who is least fulfilled is one’s self.

When we study the ministry of Jesus, we see that His main concern is doing the will of His Father and the truth, not pleasing people. In fact, His ministry often leads Him into conflict with the Jewish leaders. This never stops Jesus from doing what He knows is needed in order to remain faithful to the Gospel — to His Father’s will.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us He is resigned to the fact that there will be people who will reject His ministry. The same is true for us, but we cannot allow this rejection to cause us to give up. I love what a priest friend says to himself, like a mantra, whenever he faces adversity: Never give up; never give up; never give up! His other attitude is whenever something doesn’t seem to work, then he simply tries harder. In other words, “When something doesn’t seem to fit, push harder!”

We need to persevere through adversity and difficulties in order to reach the victory on the other side. We cannot do this without the grace of God. We also have the example of Jesus’ life, where He simply pushes through challenging times, including His own death, trusting that the Father will ensure the victorious outcome — His resurrection from the dead, the definitive victory over sin and death.

Living the Christian life is not easy. We will come up against people who won’t like what we are doing. Let us not allow trials to bring us down but see in our trials the opportunity for God to demonstrate His power to triumph over adversity. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Do you want to please people all the time? Are you more afraid of peoples’ reactions to what you do or say than speaking the truth in love?

Father, help me to love the truth in my life and always embrace it no matter how other people may react.

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September 16, 2015

Wednesday of the 24th Week in the Ordinary Time

1 Tim 3: 14-16,  Lk 7: 31-35

I have to be love

In Europe, the Church has become the Church of senior citizens. Only the elderly people attend the church services. And in India too we see this happening. In churches, the youth is missing. Only the elderly and the children are in the church. Many Religious today are worried of the dwindling vocations to their Congregations. They along with any other parents in the society are worried that the younger generation does not have active faith. ‘How I can hand over faith to the younger generations’ is the question that parents ask. The only answer is that ‘I have to be love.’

Chapter 13 of Paul’s first Letter to Corinthians is often considered to be the Gospel of love. In it he narrates the need of love, its qualities, relevance and the dangers of having absence of love in our lives. If I don’t have love, then I am a noisy gong, reminds Paul (13:1). There are two important features of Christian love that are stressed in this passage and in other Letters and Gospels; we must love first and then we must love our enemies. In short we must be love.

Love first: Very often we wait for the other to love us first. Then alone we start respond to it by loving that person. Christian love demands us to love first. God loved us first. While we were still ungrateful sinners, Christ died for us (cf. Rom 5:8).  “He loved us first,” says St. John (I Jn 4:19), and as Christians we must do likewise. This love does not have any other motives such as human friendship, economical favours, material benefits and so on. It does not stop either when we find the other as having certain ‘evil’ or weakness in them.

Love Enemies: Almost all the religions in the world ask its followers to love. But the Christianity alone asks to love the enemies. Jesus insisted on this mark of Christian love as we read it in Mt 5:44, 46-47. Loving those whom we like is not a big thing, even the animals do it. The challenge of Christian love is to love the enemies.

These two ideals of Love First and Love Enemies together help us to be love. Our whole life becomes love. Once we become love, then we need not preach Christian faith to our children or the people around us. People will know it through our thoughts, words and deeds. Let us say like Therese of the Child Jesus, “In the heart of the Church I will be love.” Fr. Johnson Olakkenkil CMI

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Perpetually Dissatisfied

September 16, 2015 (readings)

Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

Father Robert Presutti, LC

Luke 7:31-35

Introductory Prayer: Eternal God, prayer is your gift to me. I believe that you give me complete and unlimited access to your power and mercy. I want to value this gift of prayer above all things. As I begin this meditation, I renew my faith, my hope and my love for you.

Petition: Lord, give me discernment and constancy in my efforts to follow you.

  1. Endless Excuses:Some very good and religious people in Jesus’ day complained about John the Baptist, precursor of the Messiah, because of his austere lifestyle. “He must be crazy,” they said. They also complained about Jesus’ apparently excessive liberality with sinners and nonbelievers. The habit of constantly sifting reality through our own preconceptions can lead us to reject the things of God. This is the opposite of faith. It is even the opposite of the healthy exercise of reason and has become a limiting rationalism. Rather than seeking to place God neatly in our own self-created and prearranged world, we need to let ourselves be shaped by God’s criteria.
  2. Fickleness:Spiritual fickleness inevitable leads us to reject God. The inability to follow through on a particular spiritual path necessarily leaves us midcourse, far from the goal. It does not matter whether we follow the austerity of the disciple John or the apparently liberality of the disciples of Jesus. What matters is that we follow through to completion whatever particular path God has given us. As long as we move, God can guide our steps. If we don’t move, there is nothing to guide. Waiting around for some mythical “perfect conditions” is in reality capriciousness and unwillingness to commit.
  3. Wisdom:Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit by which we are able to see and comprehend the divine and human realities from God’s perspective. Wisdom leads to equilibrium and balance in our judgments and assessments. We prepare for this gift by our effort to make good decisions and live by them. The supernatural gifts build upon the human virtues.

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I am indebted to you for your teaching and for your example. Help me to learn from your life and your example, and keep me from ever dismissing them as irrelevant. Help me to be constant in my resolutions so that I will continue to grow closer to you and serve you better.

Resolution: I will avoid making excuses today.

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