Advent Series: Indifference

‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep’ – Luke 7:32

The children in today’s gospel complain that when they make merry music as played at weddings, no one dances or sings along and when they play mournful tunes for sad occasions as funerals, it is the same dead response.

The lesson we learn is that like the generation of Jesus’ time, our age is marked by indifference and contempt too, especially with regards to the message of God’s kingdom.

St. Teresa writes,

“Greatest sin of man is not hatred but indifference to his brothers”.

Few things have robbed the Lord & His people creating spiritual indifference. It robs Christians of giving their proper attention and involvement to spiritual things in their lives.

We can NO MORE be indifferent and insensitive to what happens around us especially with our faith. St. James writes, in James 1:22,

“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves”.

Let us reflect:
Have we been indifferent to God’s word and his teachings?
How can we be more spiritually sensitive?

Exercise
Could we offer to do some grocery shopping for our elderly neighbour? Could we visit a sick person in hospital and comfort them?

About Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa

Dr. Ehrlson de Sousa is currently a senior resident doctor in ENT at Goa Medical College. He hails from Porvorim and is an active member of Couples for Christ India, for over 15 years. Apart from writing for medical journals both national and international, his love and reverence for the teachings of the church inspired him to start writing about the catholic faith. His daily bible reflections offer great encouragement in the lives of many people, both young and old. He aspires to be a Saint and enjoys playing chess and table tennis in his free time.

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