[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.”] (Mt. 11:16-19)
Before launching into another of His parables, Jesus asks this bizarre rhetorical question, “To what shall I compare this generation?” He Himself provides the answer in the following verses. According to Jesus, His hearers belong to a lost and confused generation. They don’t know what they are looking for.
Today we celebrate St. Lucy, the patron saint of the blind. Faced with death, Lucy looked to the one Person who could save her. She knew that with her eyes fixed firmly on Jesus nothing else mattered, even the loss of her life. With Jesus at the center of her life everything else, joys and sorrows, were put into perspective.
Do you know what you are looking for this Advent season? To what or on whom have you fixed your gaze? Is it Jesus? Take some time these last few days before Christmas to refocus your vision on the one Person who can save you, the One born in the manger. Let Him put everything into perspective for you.