Intention: That all people will embrace the story of the birth of the Christ Child as a call to increase our attention to the needs of children throughout the world.
Today’s Gospel | Matthew 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.”
A Reflection for the Second Friday of Advent
In his ministry, Jesus often had to deal with persons who opposed him because his message did not meet their expectations or serve their purposes. And so, they would reject him, some feeling so threatened that his very existence would eventually become unacceptable to them. There are many parallels between this biblical scenario and ones in our world today. The struggles between hope and terror, the community and the individual, compassion and selfishness, all continue to dominate and divide us. Is our longing for God’s Kingdom rooted in faith and trust in his will and ways, or are we cynically waiting for a means of justifying our prejudices and inflicting our judgments? In this season, we are asked to reflect on our own state of mind and heart. While Christmas is a chance to rejoice, at its core it is and always will be a call to transform ourselves and our world. The time of Advent is a time to walk away from our darkness and brokenness, and to work together to become our best and truest selves.
Eternal Father, we never know when you will surprise us with your call to serve you. Teach us to recognize you in the many ways that you speak to us each day, and to respond with openness and trust. Help us to grow in confidence that your will for us will someday heal our broken world. In this time of Advent, our souls wait in silence for the sound of your voice, inviting us to carry within ourselves your saving presence. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.