Lectio Divina: Matthew 11:16-19
2nd Week of Advent
1) Opening prayer
Lord our God,
too often we are deaf to Your voice
and to the presence of Your Son
among us, His people.
Inspire us by Your prophets and Your Spirit
that now is the right moment to change
and to commit ourselves
to the kind of life and to the justice
demanded by the kingdom.
Help us to make people see
that Your Son is alive among us
and that He is our Lord for ever.
2) Gospel Reading - Matthew 11:16-19
“What comparison can I find for this generation? It is like children shouting to each other as they sit in the market place:
We played the pipes for you, and you wouldn't dance;
we sang dirges, and you wouldn't be mourners.
“For John came, neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He is possessed.’
The Son of man came, eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
• The leaders and the wise are not always pleased when someone criticizes or challenges them. This happened in the time of Jesus, and happens today as well. John the Baptist criticized people and was not accepted. They said: “He is possessed by the devil!” Jesus also criticized and was not accepted. They said: “He has lost his head!”, and “Crazy!” (Mk 3:21). “He is possessed by the devil!” (Mk 3:22), “He is a Samaritan!” (Jn 8:48), “He is not from God!” (Jn 9:16). The same thing happens today. There are some people who hold on to what has always been taught and they do not accept another way of living the faith. They invent reasons for not accepting something new, saying “It is against God’s Law!” . They invent some pretext in order to not accept the message Jesus announced. In fact, it is relatively easy to find arguments to refute those who think in a different way from us in these matters.
• Jesus reacts to the people’s resistance to the Gospel. They consider themselves wise, but they are like children who wish to be amused, and they rebel when people do not move according to the music that they play. They only accept those who hold the same ideas that they hold. Because of their rigidity, they are condemned.
4) Personal questions
• In what ways am I rigid in my faith?
• Do I have a critical conscience concerning social and ecclesiastical thought which, at times, prevents needed change?
5) Concluding Prayer
Blessed is the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
but delights in the law of the Lord
and meditates on His law day and night. (Ps 1)