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Bishop Hying's Advent Reflections

Friday of the Second Week of Advent - December 9, 2016

Isaiah 48: 17-19
Matthew 11: 16-19

Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Gary

Jesus’ words today seem difficult to understand, but he appears to be talking about how easily we can fabricate reasons and excuses for dismissing the message or presence of another person, even the Son of God.  Some people disregard John the Baptist because he is too extreme and ascetical; those same folks dismiss Jesus because he is not sacrificial enough, as he eats and drinks with sinners.  These lines speak to the truth that, if we fundamentally do not want to do something, we will find a reason not to do it.  Whether it may be going to the gym, calling a friend, cleaning a room or going to church, our basic resistance will create an intellectual reason to justify what we want to do or avoid.

In his new book, “Resisting Happiness,” Matthew Kelly speaks about the need to overcome those deep pockets of resistance in our lives if we are ever going to become holy, happy and productive.  From rising as soon as the alarm rings to praying to doing our work well to exercising, life presents us with choices at every turn, to give in to a selfish inertia or to rise to greatness.  As we ponder today’s Gospel, we pray for the grace of the Holy Spirit to rise above our weakness.

What are your strongest points of resistance that keep you from becoming a saint?

Do something each day that may be difficult or that you have postponed or that you resist.


Isaías 48: 17-19
Mateo 11: 16-19

Las palabras de Jesús hoy parecen difíciles de entender, pero parece estar hablando de lo fácil que podemos fabricar razones y excusas para desechar el mensaje o la presencia de otra persona, incluso el Hijo de Dios.  Algunas personas ignoran a Juan el Bautista porque él es demasiado extremo y ascético; esas mismas personas despiden a Jesús porque él no es suficientemente sacrificial, como él come y bebe con los pecadores. Estas líneas hablan a la verdad que, si fundamentalmente no queremos hacer algo, encontraremos una razón para no hacerlo.   Ya sea que vaya al gimnasio, llame a un amigo, limpie una habitación o vaya a la iglesia, nuestra resistencia básica creará una razón intelectual para justificar lo que queremos hacer o evitar.

En su nuevo libro, " "Resistiendo la Felicidad" ", Matthew Kelly habla sobre la necesidad de superar esos profundos bolsillos de resistencia en nuestras vidas si alguna vez vamos a ser santos, felices y productivos.  De levantarse tan pronto como suena la alarma, de rezar, de hacer nuestro trabajo bien al ejercicio, la vida nos presenta opciones a cada paso, ceder a una inercia egoísta o llegar a la grandeza.  Mientras reflexionamos sobre el Evangelio de hoy, oramos para que la gracia del Espíritu Santo se eleve por encima de nuestra debilidad.

¿Cuáles son sus puntos más fuertes de la resistencia que le impiden convertirse en un santo?

Haga algo cada día que puede ser difícil o que usted ha pospuesto o que usted resiste.


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MISSION STATEMENT: DIOCESE OF GARY

As members of the Body of Christ, the people of the Roman Catholic community of the  Diocese of Gary, diverse but united  through Baptism and empowered by the Holy Spirit, nourished by Word and Sacrament, are called to continue the mission of Jesus by being a sign and instrument of God’s kingdom of truth, peace, justice, and love.