December 13, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

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.”

Reflection (Sem. Al Pestaño):

     You may notice that some times when we buy books we first scrutinize its cover, the title written on it or perhaps we look at the outside back cover to, more or less, see what other people who have read the book say about the story or may be even about its author.  This could be the origin of the saying which says “Do not judge the book by its cover.”

     We also apply this saying on how we relate with other people especially those whom we do not like.  Sometimes we make quick judgments on other people by just looking at them especially during our first interaction with them.  We also make judgment whenever the other person has different principles as compared to ours. We can easily make judgments on people whom we do not like. Sometimes we have closed already our mind to the person thus, no matter how the person tried to reach out to us, that person would still be an outcast within the parameters of our lives.

     Jesus, as well as John the Baptist, also experienced being judged by others in our Gospel today.  John the Baptist was tagged as a possessed while Jesus was tagged as glutton, drunkard, friend of tax collectors and sinners. People during that time were so quick to give judgment on John the Baptist and Jesus. Jesus in this Gospel was so dismayed because He showed that God’s salvation was also meant for the tax collectors and sinners.  But there were resistances from the people that made their eyes close to what the real truth is. They failed to scrutinize the real intentions of Jesus and John the Baptist.

     Few days from now, we will be celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  In this season of advent, the period of waiting for the coming of God, let us not be quick to judge but may we listen instead to Jesus, who is the Emmanuel, the God with us.  Let us also pray so that our eyes may be opened, our hearts be softened so that we may learn about the person of Jesus.  By this, we may accept Him in our lives – He who first accepted us despite of our sins we committed against Him.

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