Posted by: livingscripture | December 15, 2017

Second Friday of Advent

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 15, 2017

Second Friday of Advent

 

WORD of the DAY 

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.           

(Matthew 11: 19)

How shall I live this Word?

It seems I can catch a glimpse of an amused look in Jesus that focuses on the intolerance and the false asceticism of his opponents, so ready to “see darkness in light itself”.

Seeing darkness is just that: to sometimes interpret even the most normal gestures of others with the evil eye of envy and jealousy mixed with the presumption of being able to judge others in every way. Thus, we too run the risk of falling into the ridiculous at times, as well as into a wrong and bad judgment.  Jesus certainly did not barricade himself as a “warning” for the larks “, just like the false asceticism of all times.

The Lord lived as a person who wants to be fully human among men and women. Such was the fullness of His boundless humanity as the “Divine Person of the Word”, that He welcomed and lived all that was humanly normal.  Therefore, He accepted to sit as a guest at the table of Levi (Matteo), and a public sinner like Mary Magdalene.

All the bitterness and dissatisfaction of his opponents never managed to “corrode” the depth and harmony of his behavior. His life gave off rays of divine fire when He accepted to die on the cross like a criminal.

Yes, the Wisdom of God shone brightly in all His choices that were aimed at the glory of the Father and our salvation.  What splendid freedom we breathe with You, Jesus!  Take me on the road of Your Gospel so that I too, with Your grace, may be a witness to God, in authenticity and liberty.

The Voice of Vittorio Messori Journalist and Author

Every reading of the Gospel is a wager with mystery.

 

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