September 17, 2014

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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.”

Reflection (Sem. Max Estayo):

“Grow up!” This is the admonishment my first boss would have for us his staff every time we fail an office work. I was fresh from college then, and I remembered this expression as I moved on to other jobs. There is always room for growth and I believe this reminder comes in handy for anyone wishing to succeed in his professional life.

It is the same message Jesus is telling the Pharisees and scribes who called Him and John names in their disbelief of them. These self-righteous leaders were adults acting like little children when they could have simply believed in their message, prompting Jesus to say that “wisdom is vindicated by her children.”

Wisdom is a proper attribute of an adult. As a senior seminarian, I reckon that I should strive to have this virtue and practice it because I am old enough to know what is right and what is wrong. In the context of seminary formation, I know what is good for me and what is not. Discipline is good, as well as devotion to studies and prayer life. Doubting the formation process and everything else I have to do as a “priest-in-process” is not logical.

Wisdom is a gift from God (Sir. 1:1) and I believe it only comes to those who seek it. Wisdom eluded the Pharisees and the scribes because their hearts were immature and God made it hard for them to understand Jesus and John so that they will not obtain the promise of salvation.

Priesthood is not a job but the same principle needed to succeed in it is the same: grow up and learn. Failure should not be the goal.

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