WORD of the DAY
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. (Mt 11,16-19)
Jesus invites us to discernment: there is a sadness that comes from God and one that comes from the enemy. One is authentic joy and the other is its opposite. We are called to know how to discern the two signs with which Jesus speaks to us: grief for evil and joy for the good. Instead, the enemy fools us by making evil seem pleasant and the good seem unpleasant. Knowing this, we are called to choose freely and responsibly what makes us happy and reject what makes us unhappy!
Only by converting ourselves to Him will we find our center again and we will know how to discern the choices that make us happy and those that leave us deluded.
The Voice of Pope Francis
The Gospel image of the children who are afraid to dance, to cry, who are afraid of everything, who seek security in everything, makes us think of these sad Christians that always criticize the preachers of the truth because they are afraid to open the door to the Holy Spirit. Let us pray for them and also for ourselves, so that we will not become sad Christians, those who take away freedom from the Holy Spirit to come to us through the scandal of preaching. (Mediation of December 13, 2013, St. Martha’s Chapel)