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Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week In Ordinary Time
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Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare the people of this generation? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another. ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’…”
Never Satisfied. I hope this isn’t a heresy, but it seems like the Lord is getting a bit frustrated with the crowds. His problem isn’t that they can’t get enough of Him. It’s that they can’t get enough from Him!
Is the Lord getting frustrated with you too? Are you constantly asking Him to perform for you, but rarely giving Him a break?
“Lord, get me out of this mess I’m in!” “Lord, take away this addiction of mine!” “Help me, Lord, I’ve crashed and burned and I can’t get back up.”
While I was in Rome, I saw many motorini (or pocket bike) accidents. I hate saying this - and if you’ve never been in Rome, you might not understand this - but these drivers are downright stupid and nasty. They zip through the city as if they owned the city. They zoom down narrow cobbled alleyways, swerve around pedestrians and dodge in and out of lanes of traffic as if they owned life and death. They drive as if they own the roads, own the pedestrian walkways and own someone else’s vehicle. In 2006, Rome was voted the most dangerous city in the world for traffic accidents, with over 21,000 collisions resulting in nearly 28,000 injuries.
One evening I heard the wailing of a mother whose son had been killed while driving a motorini. The young man’s girlfriend was with him and was seriously injured. The mother kept crying out to God why He would allow such a thing to happen: “Why? Why Lord??? Why??? No one dared to give her an answer. No one, not even the police and the pedestrians who saw the whole thing.
Am I expecting God to give me a blank check for life?
Pressure to perform. I truly believe that we constantly under the gun to perform, outperform and outdo ourselves like never before. What’s worse is that our teens are constantly under a lot of pressure to perform academically, emotionally and even sexually. This is a great tragedy when taking into account teen suicide rates, teen depression rates and teen abortion rates. Whatever happened to “childhood”? Welcome to the real Hunger Games!
All young people have it very hard today. With the advent of social media, just about everyone is on the spotlight to perform! It no longer matters if you are a no body that wasn’t asked to the winter formal or some rich and famous teen. Everyone must perform and outperform the other! Look at all the drama that is going on in the music industry. According to Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga is in a “dangerous place” and Miley Cyrus is like “a candle in the wind.” I’m beginning to like Sir Elton John more and more these days. He knows what he is talking about, at least when it comes to meltdowns and blowouts. He knows. He considers himself just lucky to still be standing. It’s a miracle!
This is the reason why I love Confession!
The Sacrament of Reconciliation remains one of the few places left in this world where someone can truly be human. I love it! You can request it at any time. You can walk right in and you don’t need to make a great impression. In fact, if you really want to make a great impression then all you need to do is be totally honest. That’s impressive! I love it! It’s not even necessary that you show your face! The Church isn’t interested in seeing your face. She’s only interested in seeing your heart.
What I love about Jesus Christ is that He performed according to His standard. It was His Way or no way. It was His Truth or no truth at all. It was His Life or death. No one was going to stop Him. No one was going to change Him. No one was going to pressure Him.
Everything in due season and when His hour had arrived.
Let’s pray. (147)
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