Monday, December 13, 2010

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Reflection based on Matthew 21: 23-27

Aren't You Listening?

Like most parents, I found my children's teenage years to be quite challenging. One especially exasperating problem occured when I was trying to tell them something important. I could see the wheels turning in their heads and I knew that they were already devising their own rebuttal to whatever point they assumed I was making. In frustration I would say, "Aren't you listening?"

The chief priests and elders in today's Gospel remind me of that period in my life. They observe Jesus' words, they were busy formulating a plan to undermine him. "By what authority are you doing these things?" they asked. Jesus already knew their hearts and his answer confounded them and destroyed their plan. How often do we really listen to what Jesus tries to tell us? Especially as we get older, we can become so familiar with Bible stories that we assume we already know the point.

However, the beauty of the Gospels is that there is always something more profound to discover. For example, the story of the Annunication affects us differently when we are young than when we are older and parents ourselves. It is when we truly open our minds and our hearts that we learn Jesus never stops telling us what we need to hear.

Nancy Valko

Dear Father, we open ourselves to you in this time of great anticipation. Let your light shine in our hearts and minds so that we may truly know your truth and will for us in our lives.


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