Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr, December 13
As God’s Children, It Is the Witness We Give to Our Life of Faith Which Vindicates and Supports the Life and Teachings of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We read in the beginning of today’s Gospel a question posed by our Lord, “To what shall I compare this generation?” And then, He ends his short discourse with the statement, “But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”
I know that I have written about this before, but these thoughts are still very pertinent to this meditation and in the times in which we are living today. For those of us who are parents or grandparents, I am sure that we have all experienced, at one time or another, an opportunity to give sound advice or an opportunity to set a proper example for those whom we love, for those whom we hold dear to our hearts.
And how do we feel when they reject our advice or ignore the example we set? Do we not feel a certain sadness within us, knowing that those we love have decided to turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to the wisdom which we try to share?
And our willingness to share this wisdom, which we have gained through life’s experiences, is not because we feel that we are better than anyone else. It is because we love them and only desire the best for them, helping them to avoid the same errors we may have experienced in our own lives.
We see this emotion in our Gospel Reading for today. Jesus did not come to Earth and take upon Himself our humanity in order to set Himself up as judge over us because He was better than you or me.
Rather, He came to teach us about God’s Love for His children. He came so that He may guide us into a closer and a more intimate relationship with our Creator, whom He taught us to call our Father.
Out of Divine Love, He taught us to call the Omnipotent and Omnipresent God of all creation “Abba”, which is a term of endearment which a child has for his or her father. And as a term of intimacy and endearment for a father in our culture, do we not, as a child, use the word “Daddy”?
In essence, our Lord desired that we come to know and love His Father as He does, a Father who loves His children more than we could ever possibly imagine in this life.
Yet, in spite of the many examples of Divine Love which He left us, there were many whose hearts remained closed. John heralded the coming of the prophesied Messiah; yet many said, “He is possessed by a demon.”
Jesus came preaching about love and charity, forgiveness and compassion, and He showed this through the many miracles He performed. But, more importantly, He showed this by placing Himself in the midst of those who suffer – the hungry, the poor, the sick and the sinner; yet many said “Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Is it any wonder that our Lord said in sadness, “To what shall I compare this generation?”
I remember there was a time in my own life, during my years as a young teenager, when I would ignore the teachings and the examples given by my own parents – not unlike much of what we find in today’s youthful generation. And when we close our hearts and turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the love which our family tries to impart, do we not hurt them? Do we not cause them pain and sadness?
Parents’ love for their children is not unlike God’s Love for you and me, for God sets the perfect example of what a parent’s love should be – a selfless giving of oneself for the benefit and well-being of those whom we love so dearly.
Love becomes that one virtue, that singular emotion which guides you and me into a right relationship with our God. Love is that desirable quality in life which fills our hearts with joy and guides us into a peaceful relationship with each other. Without love, we feel empty and alone in a world which was created by Love Himself.
In our First Reading today, we hear the words, “I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.” The Israelites had just returned to Jerusalem from captivity, and God’s words were meant to give them comfort and hope. His words were meant to strengthen them with the knowledge that they were not alone, and that God’s Love would guide them through life’s hardships.
The times of the Israelites of the Old Testament are no different than those of today – in the sense that each one of us, both you and me, are on a journey – a journey of growing in our love for and a deeper understanding of our God. Their journey then, and our journey now, is all about the story of relationship – our relationship with the God who loves each one of us beyond all measure of human understanding!
And for each of us who embrace the gift of faith which God offers us, for each of us who grow in our relationship of love with our God, for each of us who live out our faith in the good works we accomplish in others – Jesus is referring to us when He states in today’s Gospel, “But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”
As God’s children, it is the witness we give to our life of faith which vindicates and supports the life and teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – for He Himself is Wisdom Incarnate! And the life and teachings of our Lord are all about the very nature of love itself.
May each of us, during this season of Advent, open our hearts to the Gospel message, which teaches us that being Christ-like means to love selflessly, which is the love that should characterize all Christians, and all people of good-will everywhere.
For it was through the Divine nature of selfless Love for us that Christ came to us at Christmas. It was through selfless Love for us that He endured the sufferings and death upon His Most Holy Cross.
And it will be through the profoundness of His selfless Love that Christ will come again in all His Wondrous Glory! †
Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.
Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.
Scripture for the Day
- “To what shall I compare this generation? …But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” (Matthew 11:16a, 19c)
- “I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17b)
- “When you turn back to him with all your heart, to do what is right before him, Then he will turn back to you, and no longer hide his face from you. So now consider what he has done for you, and praise him with full voice…‘Turn back, you sinners! do the right before him: perhaps he may look with favor upon you and show you mercy.’” (Tobit 13:6abe)
- “Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as being dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, sin must not reign over your mortal bodies so that you obey their desires. And do not present the parts of your bodies to sin as weapons for wickedness, but present yourselves to God as raised from the dead to life and the parts of your bodies to God as weapons for righteousness.” (Romans 6:11-13)
- “So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17)
- “For we are [God’s] handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)
- “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12b)
- “I came so that [my sheep] might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10b)
Prayer for the Day
“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
“If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
“If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends
and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
“If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
“What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
“If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
“The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
“Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
“In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.”Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta