I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Reflection for December 11, Friday of the Second Week of Advent: Matthew 11:16-19

Matthew 11:16-19
Jesus said to the crowds: “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.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”
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Whenever biographies of famous personalities are to be written. Publishers would try to make the exterior of the book as attractive as possible so that it would create an immediate exterior attraction to the buying public. especially to those who have superficial knowledge of the personality involve.

Jesus was called names such as glutton, drunkard, friend of tax collectors and sinners by the Pharisees and scribes. Because that’s what they saw, they based their unfair judgments on what their eyes saw. If only they knew that the real motive of Jesus was the conversion of tax collectors and sinners they would not have unfairly judged Jesus.

The same is true with John he was labelled as someone who is possessed by a demon. Perhaps the reason behind such unfair name calling is based on the physical appearance of John. And John’s preference to live in the desert before coming out to prepare the way for Jesus to name a few.

Oftentimes we are like the Pharisees and the scribes for we judge also based on what we see and hear about our neighbor. We base our judgment on the exterior and the superficial. But is this right? Of course not!

It’s not correct to throw judgment based on what we see or observe for what we see is a scant representation of the whole person. Let us know first the person before judging. And if there’s an opportunity to talk to him/her so that we could have a clearer picture of the person’s personality let us do so.

Are you often times quick to judge? – Marino J. Dasmarinas     

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