July 4

Matthew 11:16-19

“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’” vss. 16-17

Jesus marveled at the fickleness of the crowds that he encountered. They were never satisfied and always critical in their assessments of those God had sent to them. They called John demonic and Jesus a drunkard because of their respective life-styles, an excuse perhaps, to keep from listening to either of them. We’re seeing similar reactions as people respond to the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Health experts and epidemiologists know exactly what needs to be done but large numbers of people pay no attention to what they recommend. They’re much more interested in doing their own thing and exercising freedom than acting on behalf of the common good. And to excuse their own disease-spreading behavior they critique the public servants trying to address the problem. Jesus’ simile describes them well, they’re like children playing games! And sadly, there’s little that can make them change their behaviors. Appeals to adult-like behavior go unheard, and the foolishness continues. And the results are predictable–more and more people are infected. Fortunately, as in Jesus’s day, some folks do listen, and because they do, there is hope for us all. One day this crisis will be at an end!

Thought for the Day: What am I willing to do for the common good?

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