Our challenge is to create the appropriate balance for austerity and celebration in our lives.
Matthew 11: 16 – 19.
Jesus found it necessary to compare his generation. And his comparison was harsh. We also regularly compare our generation, lamenting its lack, failures and inactivity. We always feel more or different could be done. Perhaps Jesus felt that way about his.
Jesus compared his generation to argumentative children and indifferent people because they were disagreeable and numb. They formed different factions and were neither moved by John’s austerity nor Jesus’ celebrations.
Both John’s austerity and Jesus’ celebrations were signs of God’s presence and activity among them. Austerity and celebration are both parts of life and each has its place and time in our spirituality.
The Advent season does have a component of austerity since we do fast and abstain during this season in preparation for the coming of the Lord into our lives and world. Advent is also a period of joyful anticipation because we are awaiting the birth of a child. Our challenge is to create the appropriate balance for austerity and celebration in our