Today’s Gospel is about who comes to hear what Jesus has to say. It calls them “great crowds.” And makes a point about just who is part of those crowds - “the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others.”
People in need.
Whether through illness or disease that left them no doubt. Poverty or bad choices that branded them as failures. Problems or differences that others were all too happy to hammer home for them.
These are the people with no illusions.
People who don’t lie to themselves. About being able to handle things. People who know they can’t do it on their own.
How does Jesus respond to all of the people in need? With nothing but love.
No finger-pointing. No lectures about how they did this to themselves.
Nothing but love.
Who’s missing? The successful liars.
The people who are able to fool themselves. The people who think they’ve got this. That they don’t need anybody’s help.
And they miss the gift.
Not because Jesus doesn’t love them.
But because they’re so sure of themselves. So wrapped up in themselves, they never come.
Or if they do, they don’t see that what’s waiting for them is nothing but Love.
Because they think they’ve got this.
Not realizing that they’re really only one illness, one accident, one bad choice, one missed paycheck away from being one of the people they so easily ignore.
May God give us the grace this Advent to be people with no illusions.