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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of Second week of ADVENT Download This Homily

Is 48: 17-19

Ps 1: 1-2. 3. 4 and 6

Gospel MT 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."


Spoiled Children

 

 

After a long waiting God send His Son as the Messiah as the fulfillment of promise and Jesus, the Messiah, offered the kingdom of God and salvation to all starting with the people of Israel.  But this passage illustrates how the offer was ignored. On the whole Jesus’ contemporaries chose to stay where they were and to ignore both John and Jesus.

 

Using a simple illustration Jesus compared the people of his time to sulky children who can’t be pleased, no matter what you do for them.  They do not know what they desire, or they have forgotten. They acted like children who were invited to join in their games only to be ignored. John the Baptist wailed and the people did not mourn: he invited them to fast.  And Jesus laments and decries his own people: acting like spoiled children, whining and complaining. Jesus played the flute and they refused to dance: as the bridegroom he is inviting them all, sinners and outsiders to the wedding banquet. They simply ignored the opportunity generously offered by God.

 

However, God’s wisdom is demonstrated in the actions of John and more especially in the actions of Jesus the Messiah. If they continue to reject the salvation being offered, they must know that they are rejecting God’s providential design, thus choosing to stay outside God’s chosen people. They would have experienced healing and forgiveness if they joined his company as it was the case with so called sinners and tax collectors.

 

Advent is a season for learning how to desire in a way that leads to deeper life.  God is pleading and begging us to listen.  If only we would heed God’s Word, then God would bend to us, lead us, be our Redeemer. Does Jesus look at us, disgusted and frustrated because we will not listen or obey?


Dr. Fr. John Ollukaran CMI


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