Gospel: MT 11:16-19
Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare this generation?
It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance,
we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said,
‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus is talking about the people of his time and how they keep looking for the perfect excuse to willingly and capriciously ignore the signs of wisdom. This Gospel reading is a perfect example of what the Advent season is about, a call to discover one’s self and his/her environment again and while contemplating the mystery of the incarnation and the second coming of our Lord, JesusChrist.
In life, we all have many opportunities to taste, smell, touch, see and hear God in everything that surround us. Opportunities that can be totally ignored or overseen due to many reason like priorities, egos, fears, business, distractions among others. However, Jesus is calling us to stop for a moment and open ourselves to those opportunities.
One may think that I am talking about supernatural experiences, spiritual trances or exaltations. No, I am talking about simple things that allow us to connect with the divine, a conversation with a friend, a kiss to a loved one, an opportunity to get to know a new person, a playful moment with a pet, a moment of silence, or the contemplation of nature. Every single moment in our life is an opportunity to discover the divine and it is only up to us if we allow that encounter.
O God, you that designed the perfect plan of salvation for your children, allow us to discover your presence in our lives daily, so that when we get to meet you face to face, on an eternal gaze of love, we may be able to recognize you with all our senses.
Rev. Fr. Julian Garcia-Londono
Pastoral Associate – St. Anthony de Padua American National Catholic Church