18 September 2019. Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)
The question of Jesus in today’s Gospel: “To what shall I compare the people of this generation?” has struck me and lingered in my reflection.
My active involvement in the youth ministry and being a high school teacher would be a great help to answer the question of Jesus.
I would say that the young people of this generation are beloved, gifted, and empowered, if I may borrow the theme for the year of the youth. A good number of young people whom I have met, served, and prayed with would represent the rest of the youth of our time. They are God’s beloved sons and daughters, by the virtue of their Baptism and their love to their families, Church, and the society. The vibrant, diverse, and promising plans, activities, and participation in the dynamics in the society are proofs of their being gifted and empowered.
I always affirm and encourage them to live out their identity as youth, who according to Pope Francis, are the “now” of the Church. One can be truly beloved, gifted, and empowered in love and with Jesus Christ, translated even in their most ordinary relationships and responsibilities at home, school, church, and in the society as a whole. Being beloved, gifted, and empowered are just reflections and stems from Jesus Christ himself.
Being in the priestly formation, I am made conscious of the generation that I am going to minister with love. That is to be a witness of the Gospel, that of the same message of Jesus Christ of love to all. Love that made us beloved, gifted, and empowered.
The Gospel Today
Luke 7: 31 – 35
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.”