Advent 2017

Second Friday of Advent - December 15th

Is 48: 17-19 / Ps 1: 1-6 / Mt 11: 16-19

The parable which Jesus tells in today’s Gospel isn’t as clear to us, as believers, as others He has revealed to us. However, in reading it again and again, I find myself drawn into the same themes: our human expectations and God’s Divine Will. Jesus speaks of the expectations of children: to dance when a flute is played, to mourn when a dirge is sung. Likewise, He draws a connection to the ways in which the religiously observant received Him, and John the Baptist before Him. While they both had their groups of believers, they were also met with resistance, and ultimately, execution – John for His stark asceticism and Jesus for His association with sinners. However, it wasn’t just that Jesus associated with sinners – it was that He did not meet the expectations of either the Romans or the Jews. They expected a king, a champion, someone to lead them in battle, someone to go up against Caesar. Both groups had their own agendas when it came to the Messiah. For that, He was rebutted, rebuked, whipped, crucified. “But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” I think of the ways in which I expect God to speak to me, to make His plan known to me – and the ways in which these human expectations fall short when it comes to God. Although Jesus isn’t the Savior the world expected, He is the Savior who has been sent by God to free us from sin and death. He is so much better than anything we could have expected. When I anticipate God’s movement in my own life, and become discouraged when things “don’t go as planned,” I should really be rejoicing that God has a plan for me, one far more satisfying than I could ever imagine.

Katie Scoboria
College of Engineering – Class of 2018