Friday 9 December 2022

About Today Readings

St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

Isaiah 48:17-19. Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life – Psalm 1:1-4, 6. Matthew 11:16-19.

What does it take to start thinking anew?

The Gospel today captures Jesus at his most exasperated. We know he can be angry, we know he can be forgiving in the extreme. Here, he rails at the sheer inertia of people; no approach manages to shift them out of their complacency. They are like preoccupied children in the marketplace, equally unresponsive to the music of joy or sorrow. And rather than deeply consider the Kingdom’s message of peace, love, joy, mercy and truth, the ‘people of today’ instead shoot the messenger: John the Baptist they rejected as so ascetic he must have been ‘demon-possessed’; and Jesus, far more social, they slur as a ‘glutton and drunkard’. You can’t win. In the Isaiah passage we read, ‘I teach you what is best for you. I lead you in the way you must go.’ But at the moment, the people don’t want to go anywhere or change a thing. What would it take for them to start thinking anew – his death on the cross?

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