Reading: Matthew 11:16-19
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.”
What an interesting passage from Matthew’s Gospel. Jesus is speaking to the crowds and comparing them to bickering children who won’t play with each other. He is speaking to those who follow him and those who followed John the Baptist. John and Jesus had very different styles in their preaching and ministry. But the root of the message is that whether a person was a follower of Jesus or John, they were required to make major changes in the way they lived. John preached that one needed to repent and give up all of the pleasures to which they were accustomed, and take on uncomfortable responsibilities. Jesus was contrary to what people thought were comfortable social conventions. He dined and socialized with those who were thought to be beneath him as a teacher.
It is easy to criticize either of them rather than to follow and make those major changes in our lives.
– Dcn. Donald Simon
Take the time to step out of your comfort zone. There are so many opportunities during this season to do so. Volunteer to serve a meal at a mission or Salvation Army or visit an assisted living home. Personally, deliver some warm socks, gloves or mittens to a homeless shelter. These are examples of first steps for working out of our comfort zone. They don’t take much time out of a busy schedule but they will make a difference in your life and of the people you serve.