Saint for the day: Blessed Mary Frances Schervier (January 3, 1819 – 12/ 14/ 1876)
Isaiah 48:17 – 19 – Psalm 1:4 &6 – Matthew 11:16-19
“Behold, the Lord will come descending with splendor to visit his people with peace, and he will bestow on them eternal life. (Today’s Entrance Antiphon)
The promises that we are hearing these Advent days from the Prophet Isaiah are reminding us over and over that the Lord will bring prosperity and salvation to us if we only listen. That seems to be the key word for today’s liturgy: listen! In the Gospel Jesus says we are “like children in the marketplace who play the flute – and no one dances; who play a dirge – and no one mourns.” Nobody is listening. But we can’t just not listen. We have to be listening to something. A psychologist said, “while I’m speaking to you, you’re talking to yourself ten times faster than I’m speaking.” So the question seems to be: what am I listening to? Yesterday we heard of the fall of man: “the woman told me it was good,” And the women said, “the serpent tricked me and told me that I would be like God.” As human beings we have and always will be “tricked” by what we listen to. In the Christmas story the shepherds “heard” the angles singing, “Glory to God in the highest… and on earth, peace to men of good will.”
If we “listen to the world’s words” all we’ll get is more junk: the latest mobile phone; the spiffiest new car; the fastest ever internet connection. But none of this will bring us “peace.” If we “listen” to the Lord we’ll hear Him say, “come to me… and I will give you rest.” And, “take up your cross and follow me.” One bite of the “world’s apple” taints us and forces us out of paradise; one sip of the Blood of Jesus brings us back into loving fellowship with our savior and redeemer. Let us pray that our ears might be opened to hear the “music of heaven” and listen to the songs of the angels promising us the “peace of God.” Amen!