Our Lady of Guadalupe

Matthew 11: 16-19
Is 48:17-19 / Ps 1

But wisdom is vindicated by her works.
(Matthew 11:19)

Who judges by appearances
Will not see the fruits the wise discern;
Work to resolve our differences,
And God’s wisdom is the prize we’ll earn.

Jesus said, “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge and you did not mourn.’ For 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, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”

Reflection

The Pharisees and their cohorts were always quick to find fault with Jesus. It was because our Lord refused to conform to their structured norms of worship, and they were too proud to abandon them and submit to Jesus’ wisdom. Jesus said, “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, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’”(11:18) This, in spite of the many miracles that Jesus performed in their midst, and the irrefutable truth of His words. That was why Jesus likened them to undisciplined children in the marketplace, who only wanted others to follow them in their foolish charades.

At times we can be like foolish children too, when we refuse to trust the wisdom of God’s hand in the midst of our trials and difficulties. We only believe after God has manifested His miracle. We still doubt, even if time and time again in biblical history, God has shown us that faith is more important than knowledge.

Why are we always sceptical about things done outside our conventional ways of doing things? Jesus exhorts us to be creative, to get out of our comfort zones, to be bold and look beyond our normal routine, be more dynamic in our outlook in life.

People who are creative and willing to face challenges everyday live longer and fuller lives than those who prefer to remain in the “safe side” of life. The latter eventually become lethargic or bored with their static lifestyle and fall victims to depression, stroke, cancer, or other maladies of the inactive.

Today, December 12, is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The miracles that our Lady performed in Mexico in 1531 led to the conversion of millions of native Mexicans, who were mostly ignorant and even spiteful of the Spanish who brought the faith to their shores. And yet they readily embraced the Christian faith because of the miracles manifested by our Lady through the humble peasant, Juan Diego. The phenomenon of Mexico’s Christianization through our Lady of Guadalupe’s influence presents a stark contrast to the general resistance of the Hebrew nation to accept Jesus as their own awaited Messiah.

Dear God, grant us the wisdom to trust completely in Your plans for our life, and the discipline of worldly detachment, so that we may be able to imitate our Lord Jesus Christ, Who promised us that if we can bear our crosses and follow Him, we shall be assured of entering Your kingdom. Amen.

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