Scripture: 1st Reading: Is48,17-19; Resp. Psalm: Ps1,1-4,6; Gospel: Mt11,16-19
One of the most difficult habits to learn is to listen. We live in a world where everyone wants to talk. Everyone wants to be at the centre of everything. Everyone wants to be in control. Our world is full of "talkers", not listeners.
One of the greatest lessons to learn about the dealings of God with humanity is the need to be listeners. God acted, spoke and revealed Himself throughout our collective history. God still acts, speaks and reveals Himself every moment of every day.
Today, Yahweh, speaking through Prophet Isaiah, lamented that the people He chose out of many nations had turned it back on Him and become deaf. Whereas Yahweh taught His people to profit and led them the way they should go, they refused to pay heed to Him.
This listening is more than just turning an attentive, physical ear to Yahweh. This kind of listening has to do with total obedience and conformity of one's will to that of the Almighty. This kind of listening brings peace, righteousness, the blessing of numerous descendants, stability and continued sustenance of the a particular race.
Listening is turning one's life over to the Lord. It is modelling or patterning our lives, following Christ, our arche-type. It is obedience and assent of the will to the word of God. Our Lord was exasperated at the conduct of the people of His generation because it appeared nothing was considered too great to trivialize with or be concerned about.
This is why we can begin to understand our Lord's exasperation at the dumbness of the people of His generation and their inability to read the signs of the times. Our Lord mentioned here the dissatisfaction and complaints of the people and their inability to recognize in Him the Messiah and Redeemer in their midst.
Just as they complained about trivial things concerning John the Baptist, in the same way they equally complained about our Lord, thus abandoning the core of His message of salvation. It was indeed a dissatisfied, disgruntled and complaining generation.
As we continue our Advent journey, it is important to ask how satisfied we are with the way our lives are and the direction they face. Are we the new generation of disgruntled, dissatisfied persons who complain about everything and anything? Do we recognize that our Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, wants to heal and save us? Are we ready for His saving interventions?
Let us pray: "Grant that your people, we pray, almighty God, may be ever watchful for the coming of your Only-Begotten Son, that, as the author of our salvation Himself has taught us, we may hasten, alert and with lighted lamps, to meet Him when He comes." Amen
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.