REFLECTION FOR TODAY,
September 16, 2020
By Fr. Andrew Ibegbulem, OSA
Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? 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 7:31-32
Some people can be so self-centered that they are unable to dance to someone pipes a joyful tune or to mourn when someone sings a dirge. How sad it is that there are some who cling to their own righteousness so tightly that they are closed to the grace of God. Jesus came to deliver the Good news of salvation to all of humanity.
The gospels are full of account of people who sought Jesus. Notably, none of them were disappointed, yet Jesus did not confine himself to those who sought him. He reaches out to all irrespective of who they are. All that is required to receive grace of God is that we listen to Jesus and stop being indifferent. if we listen and believe, he accomplishes the rest. He will vindicate his grace by seeing that it bears fruit in us in keeping with its intention.
The passage above speaks of the indifference of the people of the time of Jesus to the message of salvation. In other words, the inappropriate response given to the different music.
Jesus gives a strong condemnation of the people of that time for their refusal to listen to the words of the prophets. He goes on to point out that many called John the Baptist one who was “possessed” and they called Jesus a “glutton and drunkard.” The condemnation of the people by Jesus especially focuses upon one particular sin: Obstinacy.
This stubborn refusal to listen to the voice of God and change is a grave sin. In fact, it is traditionally referred to as one of the sins against the Holy Spirit. Do not let yourself become guilty of this sin. Do not be obstinate and refuse to listen to the voice of God.
The positive message of this Gospel is that when God speaks to us we must listen! Do you? Do you listen attentively and respond wholeheartedly? You should read it as an invitation to turn your full attention to God and listen to the beautiful “music” He sends forth.
Reflect, today, upon your willingness to listen. Jesus strongly condemned those who did not listen and refused to hear Him. Do not be counted among their number.
Lord, may I listen, hear, understand and respond to Your sacred voice. May it be the refreshment and nourishment of my soul. Jesus, I trust in You.