Father Robert Presutti
"Then 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.´ For John the
Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and
you said, ´He is possessed by a demon.´ The
Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said,
´Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a
friend of tax collectors and sinners.´ But wisdom is
vindicated by all her children."
Introductory Prayer: Eternal God,
prayer is your gift to me. I believe that
you give me complete and unlimited access to your
power and mercy. I want to value this gift of
prayer above all things. As I begin this meditation,
I renew my faith, my hope and my love for
Petition: Lord, give me discernment and
constancy in my efforts to follow you.
1. Endless Excuses: Some
very good and religious people in Jesus’ day complained
about John the Baptist, precursor of the Messiah, because
of his austere lifestyle. “He must be crazy,” they said.
They also complained about Jesus’ apparently excessive liberality with
sinners and nonbelievers. The habit of constantly sifting reality
through our own preconceptions can lead us to reject
the things of God. This is the opposite of
faith. It is even the opposite of the healthy exercise
of reason and has become a limiting rationalism. Rather
than seeking to place God neatly in our own
self-created and prearranged world, we need to let ourselves be
shaped by God’s criteria.
2. Fickleness: Spiritual fickleness
inevitable leads us to reject God. The inability to follow
through on a particular spiritual path necessarily leaves us
midcourse, far from the goal. It does not matter
whether we follow the austerity of the disciple John or
the apparently liberality of the disciples of Jesus. What
matters is that we follow through to completion whatever
particular path God has given us. As long as we
move, God can guide our steps. If we don’t
move, there is nothing to guide. Waiting around for
some mythical “perfect conditions” is in reality capriciousness and
unwillingness to commit.
3. Wisdom: Wisdom is a gift of the
Holy Spirit by which we are able to see
and comprehend the divine and human realities from God’s
perspective. Wisdom leads to equilibrium and balance in our
judgments and assessments. We prepare for this gift by our
effort to make good decisions and live by them.
The supernatural gifts build upon the human virtues.
Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, I
am indebted to you for your teaching and for your
example. Help me to learn from your life and
your example, and keep me from ever dismissing them as
irrelevant. Help me to be constant in my resolutions
so that I will continue to grow closer to
you and serve you better.
Resolution: I will
avoid making excuses today.