Friday of the Second Week of Advent

IS 48:17-19, MT 11:16-19

Whenever my mother would return from parent-teacher conferences, I would invariably hear something along the lines of: “Okay, Bub, who are you and what have you done with my son?”  This was her response to the fact that she would receive glowing reports at school that simply did not jibe with the son she knew around the house.  A little fickle on my part?  You betcha.  That human arbitrariness is addressed in today’s readings.  We are seldom satisfied either individually or as a people.  Criticisms and opinions abound.  We simply need to look at what gets posted on social media about anything and everything to know that this is true.  No wisdom or sincere reflection goes into most tweets, texts, messages, etc.  Instead we are treated to all manner of accusation, innuendo and speculation, without consideration of who might be affected by them.  People from all walks of life and all levels of society have gotten caught up in this behavior.  Yet, obviously, this is nothing new.  If John the Baptist and Jesus couldn’t avoid wagging tongues, how could we expect to?  Isaiah offers a solution – to hearken to God’s commandments.  Fidelity to God is crucial if we wish to live a right life.  The commandments stand as a guide for those who choose wisdom over vainglory.  Advent offers us a time to refocus ourselves on what is truly important: the presence of Emmanuel among us.
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