10th of December

Publié le 9 Décembre 2021

Gospel text

(Mt 11:16-19): 


Jesus spoke 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.”


The Application


It is not difficult to identify the behaviour of the people around us and our own feelings and emotions,  when there is a problem. In truth we see three groups of people react to a problem. The first always sees the fault in others, it is him or her and the solution remains outside of him or her (the original sin). The second always sees in him and her the source of everything, that is me, so the solution is in him or her. And the third sees everything he or she can do to make the situation better. He or she will do it silently, without making any noise. Very often this kind of the people is with us and among us, and we will identify him or her very late in our lives. This people sees all that he or she can contribute, including their limitations.  At the same time, they identify the duties and abilities of others. Therefore, they are able to collaborate and involve others.



Today, Jesus invites us to review our lives, and how we act when faced with a failure in life. The critical comments are always in front of us. Like Jesus, we must learn to ignore them. If we faithfully apply the human intelligence that God has given us, we can easily understand the divine wisdom and gift of discernment that operates in us daily. Let our lives not be conditioned by the behaviour of others than by divine love.


Action of the day: Apply your intelligence and learn to act than react.

“To what shall I compare this generation?”


Fr. Antoni CAROL i Hostench

(Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)


Today, we should be distraught before the Lord’s sigh: “To what shall I compare this generation?” (Mt 11:16). Jesus is overwhelmed by our heart, more often than not, nonconforming and ungrateful. We are never fulfilled; we are complaining all the time. We even dare to blame Him for all the things that disturb us.

“But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” (Mt 11:19): it suffices to just look at the Christmas mystery. But, what about us? How is our faith? Could it be that our complaints are actually harboring the nonexistence of our reply? A very appropriate query for the time of Advent!

God comes to our encounter, but man —especially the present-day man— hides out from Him. Some, as Herod, are really afraid of Him. Others are even harassed by his simple presence: “Take him away, take him away! Crucify him!” (Jn 19:15). Jesus “is the God-who-comes” (Benedict XVI) and we look like "the-man-who-goes away": “He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him” (Jn 1:11).

Why do we run away? Because of our lack of meekness. Saint John the Baptist recommended us to "dwindle". And the Church reminds us so, every time the Advent comes. We must, therefore, become as little children to be able to understand and receive the "Little God". He appears in front of us with the humility of his swaddling-clothes: never before a “God-wrapped-in-swaddling clothes” had been preached! We project a ridiculous image before God when we try to conceal ourselves with pretexts and dishonest explanations. Already at the dawn of humanity, Adam blamed Eve; Eve blamed the snake..., after all the centuries gone by, we remain just the same.

Jesus-God, however, is coming: in the cold and the poverty of Bethlehem he neither admonished nor rebuked us. On the contrary! He begins to load his small shoulders with the weight of all our faults. Should we, then, be afraid of Him? Will our apologies be truly worth before this "Little-God"? “God’s sign is the Baby: we learn to live with him and to practice with him that humility of renunciation that belongs to the very essence of love” (Benedict XVI).


Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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