The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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. Herwyn Bulaun):
There is a popular saying like this “you cannot please everybody” that in everything you say and do there would always be some people who would disagree with you. People would always have their own preference on some matter that regardless of any discussion and explanation, they would still believe what they want.
In the seminary we are taught to always discern our decision and choose. That is to really think and bring into prayer the decision we want to make especially if it involves other people. This practice allows us to become firm with our decisions as well as with the things that we do. That we will not be influenced and be dictated by others who would like to interfere in activities or our choices.
Today’s Gospel teaches us to align our choices and decisions to the values of Christ. That regardless of the criticism of the Scribes and the Pharisees, Jesus continued and was not discouraged. Instead, He openly ridiculed them for their stubbornness to persuade others to follow what they believe to be the right thing.
In our daily lives we always encounter a time to make decision and action, its either minor or major decision. We might also hear insults and rejections. The challenge is that in every decision we make, we follow only the will of God. Furthermore between pleasing man and God in our decision, let us decide to be in the side of God.