Wednesday, September 17, 2014
24th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: 1 Cor 12:31-13:13
Gospel: Lk 7:31–35
Jesus said, “What comparison can I use for this people? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace, about whom their companions complain: ‘We piped you a tune and you wouldn’t dance; we sang funeral songs and you wouldn’t cry.’
“Remember John: he didn’t eat bread or drink wine, and you said: ‘He has an evil spirit.’ Next came the Son of Man, eating and drinking, and you say: ‘Look, a glutton for food and wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But the children of Wisdom always recognize her work.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
A joke is told of a psychiatrist who chanced upon a mentally challenged patient holding a fishing rod while sitting at his bed. Since the patient looked sad, he tried to cheer him up saying, “If you will drop your fishing hook on the other side of your bed, I’m sure you will get a better catch”. The patient looked at him and said, “You fool, there ain’t no sea in here. How can one fish on a cemented floor?” The moral is: Hardly can we entertain a fool without becoming fools ourselves.
For Jesus, converting his people was as hopeless as dealing with fools. They neither believed in John the Baptist who shunned food and drinks, nor in him who went about eating and drinking with tax collectors. In disgust Jesus exclaimed: “The children of Wisdom always recognize her work” (Lk. 7:35). The moral is: Over a man who abandons the ways of wisdom, wisdom is powerless and cannot set him free from his folly.
The people in Jesus’ time failed to recognize the dawning of salvation. Not even those who claimed to belong to the intelligent circle of society did. They failed to accept Jesus as the messiah because they were too sure of their conclusions that the Messiah could not come from their neighborhood with parents they knew too well, like Mary and Joseph. Too much intellectual calisthenics rendered them incapable of swinging with the cadence of time. Up till now they are still waiting for the Messiah to come. Theodore Roosevelt, in a speech in 1917 said “Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time”.
Today the Lord visits us in manifold grace-filled opportunities that each day brings. But we are too “intelligent” to be responsive. We can cite a few examples. We rant about the imperfections of society but keep mum over our failure to use our power to initiate change. If we just improve the lives of the few people under our employ, we’d be ranting less about the number of poor people in the world! We find our politicians foolish in the dishonest manner many of them govern. But in finding them foolish, we declare ourselves the electors of fools. This is what we get for being too intelligent to be responsive to God’s grace. Or is it for being too foolish to submit to God’s promptings? – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.frdan.org.
Prayer for the day: God our Father, give us wisdom to recognize the time of your visitation. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: Robert entered the newly formed Society of Jesus in 1560 and after his ordination went to teach at Louvain (1570-1576) where he became famous for his Latin sermons. He defended the Apostolic See against the anti-clericals in Venice and against the political tenets of James I of England. He composed an exhaustive apologetic work against the prevailing heretics of his day. In the field of church-state relations, he took a position based on principles now regarded as fundamentally democratic – authority originates with God, but is vested in the people, who entrust it to fit rulers. He died in 1621.