Matthew 11: 16-19
Jesus said to the crowds: “To what
shall I compare this generation? It is like children who
sit in the marketplaces and call to one another,
‘We played the flute for you, but you did
not dance, we sang a dirge, but 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.”
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus,
thank you for this new day and all the graces
you will bless me with. I believe in you
and your love for me. I wish to show my
love for you by staying focused on what is
most important during this time of prayer: you and your
most holy will.
Petition: Lord Jesus, help
me to see your actions and the actions of others
with the eyes of faith.
1. Eyes of Faith: God
comes to us in many and various ways each
day. Sometimes he reveals his goodness to us when
he allows us to succeed in life. Other times he
permits trials in our life so that we can
cling more surely to him. The proper response to
God’s constant action in our lives will only be possible
if we are able to discern that it is
indeed God who is acting –– that it is God
who is “playing the flute for us” or “singing
a dirge for us”. We need the eyes of faith.
A habitual interior attitude of faith and trust in
God allows us to live with great peace and
2. Worldly Standards of Judgment: Jesus complains when
the crowds use worldly standards to size him up.
They are caught up in their opinions and all too
easily pass judgment on him. They accuse Jesus of
being possessed by a demon, a drunkard, and so on.
How easy is it for me to judge others
by accepting or rejecting them for mere external things?
What are my internal attitudes towards others? Lord, help me
to be detached from all worldly standards of judging
and to embrace each soul, loving them as you
do, and to leave the judging to you.
3. But Wisdom
is Vindicated by Her Works: Despite the rejection and
harsh judgments of many, Jesus went about doing good.
This is what he meant by saying that “wisdom is
vindicated by her works”. In the same vein he
also taught that you can recognize a tree by
its fruits. Knowing how easy it is to misjudge others,
I cannot permit myself to worry about what others
may say or think of me. Rather I need
to be busy like Jesus, going about doing good. Good
actions speak for themselves, even if it may take
a while for others to perceive or appreciate them.
When we trustfully follow along to the flute or the
dirge Our Lord is playing for us, and we
do so for his sake and for the sake of
spreading his message, we can rest in the certainty
that God is blessing us and will bring his
good works to fruition through us.
Christ: Thank you, Jesus, for this opportunity to spend
time with you in prayer. Let it be my
motivation for the day and bring me to live a
greater spirit of faith in you and the mission
you have entrusted me. How much it would help me
to consider my actions, the actions of others and
your actions under the light of your love and
good will. I do believe that you permit everything that
happens in my life for the sake of bringing
about a greater good, but Lord, increase my faith.
Resolution: I will strive to interpret the actions of
others in a positive way, excusing any defects I