HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT YEAR B.
HOMILY THEME: THE PRESENT GENERATION
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
In the day’s Gospel Jesus addresses the hardness of heart and irrationality of the Jewish leaders. John the Baptist was criticized for His austere and hermit-like living. Jesus came mingling and eating with people, a completely opposite living yet, He was also not accepted. It was a case of what we Filipinos say, ‘Sala sa init. Sala sa lamig.’ And also, ‘Mahirsp gisingin ang nagtutulug-tulugan. O Mahirap pakainin ang nagbubusug-busugan!’
It was unfortunate that the Jewish leaders possessed that attitude towards Him. Maybe they were aware of where He came from and who were His parents. It was a case of discrimination and belittling their kind. They had a wrong judgment of Jesus and missed His message completely. Nothing of what Jesus said, no matter how wise and relevant, could enter their minds and hearts. Even Jesus’ miracles were doubted and even understood to have come from the devil.
Openness to God’s revelations is always necessary and important. While everything had been revealed in Jesus, truth still abounds and presents itself. We can never have enough of God for God is much much greater than us. Our limited being should always be open to the unlimited God.
Humility is being honest. To accept one’s reality and contingency is to adapt a position of dependence and trust. Before God, we have a lot to know and realize. Our openness to Him puts us in the great position of being fully graced and united with Him. Sana huwag na nating pahirapan ang Diyos at ang sarili natin. To a gracious God, we must be fully open and trusting.