14 Dec Generation Why? (Matt 11:16-17) by Rosemary Bernth
“To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.'” ~ Matt 11:16-17 (full readings)
Rosemary’s Reflections: While I was in the hospital, I tried to use Facebook to tell my family and friends how to contact me. While on the website, I noticed some of the statuses on my newsfeed. Some were about TV show endings or late-night adventures with friends, but the ones that bothered me the most were all the complaints: a paper due the next day, a complaint about an ex-best friend, a bad manicure, or how much they hate their jobs. As a person who has seen pregnancy crisis centers and met women contemplating abortion, those Facebook comments seemed so small. Was I part of a generation where if it doesn’t affect us personally, do we not care? Should we feel angry if only two people comment on our statuses? What would Jesus say about this generation, one that centers more on the self than the world around us?
* Rosemary Bernth (LIFE Runner) was a journalist for the Diocese of Sioux City’s newspaper and is now a writing/travel graduate student at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Faith Challenge: As Christmas approaches, what matters the most to you? What do you take for granted? Take some time to thank God for all the blessings on your life. Pray also for those who may be struggling with the decision of Life.
Feast Day: St. John of the Cross
Faith Quote: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.