Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In today's Gospel, we can almost see Jesus shaking his head over the "people of this generation." They were using themselves as the standard of upright, balanced living, and according to that scale, John the Baptist failed by excess and Jesus failed by falling short of expectations! Since the crowd itself represented the norm, they could not notice that John and Jesus were both, in their own way, expressing a life that had God as the center. In a word, they were living in love. And in the first reading, Paul is showing the Corinthians what a life centered in love looks like. Love, like wisdom, is vindicated by its "children."

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