Jesus said to the crowds:
“To what shall I compare this generation?
It is like children who sit in 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.’
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said,
‘He is possessed by a demon.’
The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said,
‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
But wisdom is vindicated by her works.”
Yesterday, the scriptures shared with us how Elizabeth greeted Mary at the door welcoming the mother of her Lord. Elizabeth through the miracle of her pregnancy let all the sin of bitterness and regret melt away in her heart. She opened herself to the Holy Spirit, and that Spirit spoke to her about her dear Mary’s pregnancy. Elizabeth was always filled with faith, but the miracle of her own pregnancy opened her heart more so than ever to God.
Today Matthew tells us how Jesus views society when we don’t open our hearts completely to God.
“We played the flute for you but you did not dance.” – How many times have I not heard the music playing because I am so busy with my own life? I am doing, doing, doing and never stopping. I just keep plowing through my day to check off my list all the items that I HAVE to get accomplished. I continue to push my plan into my day. I am exhausted, weary and depressed. There is no music – only a list of things to do.
“We sang a dirge (funeral song) but you did not mourn.” – I move on with MY future so fast that I don’t take the time to mourn my past. I have experienced so many “new life in Christ” moments. I have let go of so many sins and bad choices in my life. If I don’t learn from my mistakes and share those experiences with others, I cannot pass on Christ’s light. If I hold onto those bad choices for my own knowledge, I am not following through with God’s Will. He wants me to share those hard times and struggles.
“John came neither eating nor drinking and they said – Look he is possessed by a demon. The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said – Look he is a glutton and a drunkard.” – Oh yes, society cannot seem to make up their minds. How many times can we change our minds? The last part of these verses makes me think of politics. We want it one way and then another. The person running for office tells us one thing (because he knows we want to hear that) and he does another once he is in office. I cannot just blame the politicians. I do this several times a day – I mean I am a woman. Aren’t we allowed to change our tune? Actually when we continue to do things for our own good, then we will never witness God’s plan for us. We will continue to push through our own agenda – just like in politics. Let’s face it when we vote for human beings to go to Washington – they are just that – human beings. Human’s are sinful creatures, that ultimately find a way to do their will. When you throw money and power in with those votes, then you are creating a bigger monster.
This is what Jesus is telling us. We are a perverse generation that must do everything we can to find God in our life. The only way to win this battle (back to God) is for us to use wisdom when we make choices. Wisdom that only comes from God being in our life. Wisdom that pushes out our selfish desires and turns us toward God. When we finally give our hearts over to God completely, then we will witness His Will and the beauty of the many miracles that are going on around us all day long. We will finally be able to dance with the flute and mourn the loss of our old self in order to make room for our new self.