Gospel for December 13, 2013, Friday
2nd Week of Advent
Psalter: Week 2
Ps 1:1–2, 3, 4 and 6
Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
1st Reading: Is 48:17–19
Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I, Yahweh, your God, teach you what is best for you; I lead you in the way that you must go.
Had you paid attention to my commandments, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Your descendants would have been like the sand, and those born of your stock like its grains, their names never cut off nor blotted out from my presence.
Gospel: Mt 11:16–19
Jesus said to the crowds, “Now, to what can I compare the people of this day? They are like children sitting in the marketplace, about whom their companions complain: ‘We played the flute for you but you would not dance. We sang a funeral song but you would not cry!’
“For John came fasting and people said: ‘He is possessed.’ Then the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and people said: ‘Look at this man! A glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet the outcome will prove Wisdom to be right.”
People with closed minds have reached their conclusions already, even when they do not know how to arrive at them. It is a futile exercise to teach them anything new, for they do not want to see a reality different from what they already believe. Many of Jesus’s contemporaries had already made up their minds to reject any new insights. Thus, when John came fasting, they accused him of being possessed. When Jesus came dining out, they accused him of being a glutton.
In the first reading, Isaiah says that our God will teach us what is best for us and lead us in the way we must go. Those who are open to God’s teaching will find peace, righteousness, and many blessings. The question is how do I approach God? With a closed mind?Or with an open one, willing to be taught?
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