How great are the works of the Lord!--Psalm 111:2
Mass readings: 1 Timothy 3:14-16 / Luke 7:31-35
In today's Gospel passage from Luke, a frustrated Jesus seems to be complaining: ''I can't please you people! You reject everything I say and do!'' Our Lord points out that John the Baptist was an ascetic who dressed in animal skins and ate locusts and honey. Jewish leaders called Him a fanatic and accused Him of being possessed. But Jesus had a different lifestyle. He dined with everyone and worshiped at the synagogues. Nonetheless, He was criticized for living in a worldly manner. Elsewhere in Scripture, the Jews were often called a ''stiff-necked people.'' They had ''hearts of stone.''
In our American culture, where independence is idolized, following Jesus may be even more difficult. Jesus asks us to listen to His message and to those who speak in His name. It's all too easy to judge or reject.
Prayer: Jesus, I too am often hard-hearted and unwilling to hear You. Soften my heart