My daily reflection and prayer: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. Luke 7:31-35.
Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’
For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
Jesus’ parable describes people who react with disappointment because they cannot convince others to join their musical play. Jesus says: They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’
When they make merry music such as played at weddings, no one dances or sings along. And so when they play mournful tunes for sad occasions such as funerals, it is the same, no respond. Jesus wants to say that both joyful and sad occasions demand a response. It seems that indifference, lack of support, or disdain is unfitting and unkind.
What can be considered from the Gospel? First, we are able to conclude that indifference and deaf ears will block God’s word for us. The proclamation of good news produces great joy and hope for those who will listen. Jesus also gives a warning of disaster for those who refuse to accept God’s gracious offer.
Here Jesus criticizes the scribes and Pharisees who close their hearts to the message of John the Baptist and also to Jesus Himself, God’s anointed son sent to redeem us from bondage to sin and death.
Jesus reminds us who are indifference and contempt, especially in regards to the message of God’s kingdom. Indifference blocks our ears to God’s voice and to the good news of the Gospel. Jesus invites us to be hungry for God, our true joy and happiness.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we try to open our heart and ears to listen His words. There we listen to God’s word with expectant faith and the willingness to trust and obey that we will be called His sons and daughters.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, open our heart and ears to hear Your good news of the kingdom of God. Set our heart free to love and serve You and others joyfully, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem
“abdi Dalem palawija”
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