Wednesday - Ordinary Time
1) Opening prayer
creator and guide,
serve you with all our hearts
your forgiveness in our lives.
this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Gospel Reading - Luke 7,31-35
said: ‘What comparison, then, can I find for the people of this generation?
What are they like? They are like children shouting to one another while they
sit in the market place: We played the pipes for you, and you wouldn’t dance;
we sang dirges, and you wouldn’t cry.
the Baptist has come, not eating bread, not drinking wine, and you say, “He is
possessed.” The Son of man has come, eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a
glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” Yet wisdom is
justified by all her children.’
• In today’s Gospel we
see the novelty of the Good News which opens its way and thus persons who are
attached to ancient forms of faith feel lost and do not understand anything
more of God’s action. In order to hide their lack of openness and of
understanding they defend and seek childish pretexts to justify their attitude
of lack of acceptance. Jesus reacts with a parable to denounce the incoherence
of his enemies: “You are similar to children who do not know what they want”.
• Luke 7, 31: To whom,
then, shall I compare you? Jesus is struck by the reaction of the people
and say: “What comparison, then, can I find for the people of this generation?
What are they like?” When something is evident and the persons, out of
ignorance or because of bad will, do not perceive things and do not want to
perceive them, it is good to find an evident comparison which will reveal their
incoherence and the ill will. And Jesus is a Master in finding comparisons
which speak for themselves.
• Luke 7, 32: Like
children without judgment. The comparison which Jesus finds is this one.
You are like “those children, shouting to one another while they sit in the
market place: we played the pipes for you, and you would not dance; we sang
dirges and you would not cry!” Spoiled children, all over the world, have the
same reaction. They complain when others do not do and act as they say. The
reason for Jesus’ complaint is the arbitrary way with which people in the past
reacted before John the Baptist and how they react now before Jesus.
• Luke 7, 33-34: Their
opinion on John and on Jesus. “For John the Baptist has come, not eating
bread nor drinking wine, and you say: he is possessed. The Son of man has come
eating and drinking, and you say: look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of
tax collectors and sinners”. Jesus was a disciple of John the Baptist; he
believed in him and was baptized by him. On the occasion of this Baptism in the
Jordan, he had the revelation of the Father regarding his mission as
Messiah-Servant (Mk 1, 10). At the same time, Jesus stressed the difference
between him and John. John was more severe, more ascetical, did not eat nor
drink. He remained in the desert and threatened the people with the punishment
of the Last Judgment (Lk 3, 7-9). Because of this, people said that he was
possessed. Jesus was more welcoming; he ate and drank like everybody else. He
went through the towns and entered the houses of the people; he accepted the
tax collectors and the prostitutes. This is why they said that he was a glutton
and a drunkard. Even considering his words regarding “the men of this
generation” (Lk 7, 31), in a general way, probably, Jesus had in mind the
opinion of the religious authority who did not believe in Jesus (Mk 11,29-33).
• Luke 7, 35: The
obvious conclusion to which Jesus arrives. And Jesus ends drawing this
conclusion: “Yet, wisdom is justified by all her children”. The lack of
seriousness and of coherence is clearly seen in the opinion given on Jesus and
on John. The bad will is so evident that it needs no proof. That recalls the
response of Job to his friends who believe that they are wise: “Will no one
teach you to be quiet! - the only wisdom that becomes you!” (Job 13, 5).
• When I express my
opinion on others, am I like the Pharisees and the Scribes who gave their
opinion on Jesus and John? They expressed only their preconceptions and said
nothing on the persons whom they judged.
• Do you know any groups
in the Church who would merit the parable of Jesus?
blessed the nation whose God is Yahweh,
people he has chosen as his heritage.
heaven Yahweh looks down,
all the children of Adam. (Ps 33,12-13)