The Gospel Reading for today’s Eucharist is very brief. It seems to have little connection with that which precedes or follows it. But let’s see what it can tell us.
Today’s Gospel begins with the wistful remark, “To what will I compare this generation?” Then it is followed by an enigmatic reference to children playing the game in the marketplace, “weddings and funerals”. “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.” (v. 17) In this we can see the ambiguous nature of the crowd Jesus had been speaking with.
I think we might use the same words today that Jesus used at the beginning of today’s Gospel to describe the ambiguities of our own generation. “To what indeed can we compare this generation?” Think about all of the anomalies that there are these days; our political candidates pulling in different directions, world peace being threatened by terrorism, gun violence, and many other dangers. Then maybe we can pray and meditate on Jesus’ hope-giving words at the end of our Gospel reading, “Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” (v. 19c)
This is what we need at this time, Holy Wisdom. Pray for it!
As we look back over the history of Christianity we can find many times when the wisdom that comes from God has been vindicated.
The joy experienced by the Apostles and other followers of Jesus after the Resurrection seems to me one such vindication. The successes of the Apostles, and those who followed them, in taking the Gospel message of Salvation into the Mediterranean world is another vindication. The movement of taking the Gospel from there to Europe, and on to America, and to other continents and countries is yet another vindication.
I think there are enough sincerely dedicated Christians today that aided by Holy Wisdom working together we should be lifted up to overcome whatever doubts presently there may be.
Don’t you think so too? Pray for this!
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