A Lesson about the Heart
Matthew 11: 16-19
Friday of the Second Week of Advent
I will strive to interpret the actions of others in a positive way, excusing any defects I may perceive.
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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
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 purpose.
2. Worldly Standards of
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.
Conversation with 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
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.
I will strive to interpret the actions of others in a positive way, excusing any defects
I may perceive.
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