By Sem. Renz Marion Cunanan
“We played the flute for you, you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.” This statement was how Jesus saw this generation, which is marked with unbelief. And yet, even though he saw them as blind, it did not stop Him from fulfilling His mission. He continued to teach, to preach and to dine with the outcasts of the society. This is also prevalent in our society today.
Recently, our own Bishops were accused of sedition but this accusation did not stop them in fulfilling their own mission. They continued to teach, preach and reach out to the outcasts of the society.
In the seminary, the challenges that I am facing everyday may tempt me to give up on my formation. But the Gospel today is reminding me that, in following Jesus, what is important is how am I going to respond to these challenges. This is the invitation of the Gospel to me today, to continue my mission amidst the difficulties and persecutions just like Jesus.
THE GOSPEL TODAY
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.”