Friday of the Second Week of Advent
IS 48:17-19, MT 11:16-19
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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