Meditation for the Day

Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time, September 16

It Is the Witness We Give to Our Life of Faith and the Love We Hold for Others Which Vindicates, Which Supports and Defends 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 the people of this generation?” And then, He ends his short discourse with the statement, “But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

For those of us who are parents, grandparents, or even teachers, I am sure that we have all experienced, at one time or another, an opportunity to give sound advice, an opportunity to set a proper example for those whom we love, for those about whom we care or supervise on a daily basis.

And how do we feel when they reject our advice or ignore our examples? Do we not feel a sadness within us, knowing that those we love or truly care about have decided to turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to the wisdom which we try to share?

And our willingness to share the 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.

We see this emotion in our Gospel Reading for today. Jesus did not come to Earth and take our humanity upon Himself in order to set Himself up as judge over us because He was better than us.

Rather, He came to us, humbly embracing our frail human nature, to teach us of God’s Love for His children. He came to us 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”, an Aramaic word which can best be translated as “Daddy”.

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; 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 the people of this generation?”

I remember there was a time in my own life, during my youth, when I would ignore the teachings and the examples given by my own parents – not unlike much of what we see 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?

A parent’s love for his or her children is not unlike God’s Love for you and me, for God sets the 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 dearly.

Love becomes that one virtue, than 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 Divine Love, Himself.

As Saint Paul tells us in our First Reading, “If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”

And for all of God’s children who embrace the gift of faith which God offers to each of us and practice the virtue of selfless love in our relationships with one another, we are those children about whom Jesus is referring in today’s Gospel, “But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

It is the witness we give to our life of faith and the love we hold for others which vindicates, which supports and defends the life of John the Baptist and the message he taught, and most importantly the life and teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – for He IS Divine Wisdom and Divine Love Incarnate!

Through the gift of faith which we live daily and the examples we set and the wisdom we impart to all our loved ones, may each one of us, in our individual lives, echo the words of Saint Paul in our relationships with others, “[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

So that, together, we may one day share in the eternal reward which awaits each and every one of us – always remembering that the greatest of all the Christian virtues is love!

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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.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “Jesus said to the crowds: ‘…to what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like?’(Luke 7:31)
  • “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.’” (Luke 7:32)
  • “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.’” (Luke 7:33-34)
  • “…God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17)
  • “For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Romans 8:15)
  • “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
  • “If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-2)
  • “But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.” (Luke 7:35)
  • “[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)
  • “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)

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Prayer for the Day

“Heavenly Father of all mankind,
who has given unto my care children,
and committed them to my charge
to bring them up for You,
and to prepare them for everlasting life:

“Assist me with Your Heavenly grace,
that I may be able to fulfill
this most sacred duty and stewardship
of those whom I love and hold most dear.

“Teach me both what to give and what to withhold;
when to reprove and when to forbear;
make me gentle, yet firm; considerate and watchful;
deliver me equally from the weakness of indulgence,
and the excess of severity in the responsibilities given me.

“Grant that, both by word and example, I may be careful
to lead them in the ways of wisdom and true piety,
so that at last I may, with them, be admitted
to the incredible joys of our true home in Heaven,
in the company of all the blessed angels and saints. Amen.”

Anonymous (A parent’s prayer)

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