Isaiah 48:17-19; Ps 1 Those who follow you Lord, will have the light of life; Matt 11:16-19
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Lucy, Lucia. She was a young noble lady who being raised in the Christian Faith by her mother, decided to vow herself to Christ.
She was refusedly betrothed to a young man who did not take her consecrated virginity to well. He sought to take it from her. She refused to give in. Miraculously she was guarded by the Holy Spirit and kept undefiled.
The youth in his fervor took her life when he could not have her virtue.
Lucy should be a patroness for our current age. So few women guard their virtue and so few men seek to respect it. In this age of casual sex and recreational "hooking-up" Lucy reminds us that virginity is a mark of faith.
One who guards her virginity is one who truly loves. This is the rebelliousness we are lacking in our current society.
In the Words of the Poet Kenneth Patchen, "It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn one way or another what happens from now on: I still do"
Lucy cared. This is why she rebelled against the onslaught. The Youth of today seem to care not and thus they have lost their way. Through the intercession of St. Lucy may the youth once again learn love and guard their virtue for the sake of love himself.
Which points us to the gospel. Jesus says, "To what shall I compare this generation? Is it like children who sit in the 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."
Th whimsical nature of our current generation can at times be frustrating. It seems we belong to a generation that seeks to straddle the fence, always seeking to choose a side that best benefits them rather than seeking the common good or that which benefits the whole.
Whimsical characters we are? Yet there comes a moment when we must choose and in choosing we can no longer go back, this is the mark of true perseverance.
If anything or nothing, Advent is meant to ready us for that moment where we take a stand or rather this moment, and we choose to no longer be at the mercy of the winds of change in our society.
Only when we stand firm can we truly be flexible, can we truly make a change for the better.
Lucy stood firm. In her stance she experienced the perfect storm of love overwhelming her.
Whimsical no longer could be our theme for Advent. Thus when we get to Christmas and we stare in to the eyes of the child in the manger, then we might finally understand God's firm purpose for us, he who chose to take a stand.