Friday, December 15, 2017

His Word Today: Looking for peace

Good morning everyone,

Anyone who has had the experience of teaching or trying to inspire a child knows what it's like to use various approaches in an attempt to communicate the wisdom that is ours to share.  Sometimes it takes many such attempts in order to succeed.  I sometimes think that Jesus must have thought of the disciples as we sometimes think of our children.  He had to try many different approaches before he found the way to reach out to them and to help them begin to understand the lessons he wanted to teach.

In today's gospel passage, he expresses his exasperation: This generation is like children ... who called out: 'We played the flute for you and you would not dance' ... John came neither eating nor drinking and they said, 'He is possessed by a demon' ... The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard' ... (Mt 11:16-19).  Can you hear the anguish in his words?  Can you identify with them?  Have you ever been the one to complain about the situations that you get yourself into?  Do you ever stop to think that God is right by your side, trying to help you to find your way out of confusion and into the depth of his peace?

Today, if you find yourself getting exasperated, ask the Lord to help you to find your way back to the peace, love and joy that are his gifts offered to us every day.

Have a great weekend.

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