The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs
Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare the people of this generation?
What are they like?
They 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.’
For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine,
and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The 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.’
But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
Reflection (Sem. Brandon P. Bahayanan)
In our Gospel today, I reflect on Jesus’ words, “To what shall I compare the people of this generation. What are they like?”
If this is asked of me, surely I will be tongue-tied. I’m saying this because the generation today where I am in follows the world. The great majority want a life operated at the tip of a finger and for that reason desire comfort and everything that the world has to offer.
Frankly speaking, I can say there is nothing wrong in being in this world, but it should not make me dwell in comfort. I should always be anchored on Christ, because it will be tempting to delight in staying in this world of convenience.
Moreover, I should remember my purpose, as always I need to look at Jesus the perfect example of a purpose-driven life. He knew His purpose for coming to our world. He was with hypocrites and sinners, those who were striving to be faithful amidst sin, and those who were willing to listen to Him.
Jesus doesn’t discriminate people. He walks with and talks to both the sinners and faithful. You might ask me, how come that Jesus talks to sinners and those untruthful? Do you think they are special to Jesus?
My answer is yes. More than anyone else, the sinners are the ones Jesus is reaching out to, showing them that there is hope in God’s love. So if you think you are unhappy and helpless, go back to God. In Him there is always hope and joy.