When They Couldn’t Make Up Their Minds

The Gospel Reading for this Sunday, July 3, 2011 couldn’t have been more timely.  From Matthew 11:

16“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,17‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’;19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

Jesus is describing the kids in the public square, bickering with each other because they can’t make up their minds on which game to play that day.  Weddings?  Or funerals?  No one was satisfied!  Jesus then says something to the effect of:  “Well folks, you didn’t like John the Baptist, and you don’t like the Son of Man either.”  Nor can the adults make up their minds!

When things are entrenched, positions set, jaws clenched, and standoffs are in slow motion…people suffer.

Jesus’ answer is an invitation.  “Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

When things are entrenched, positions set, jaws clenched, and standoffs are in slow motion…Jesus starts issuing invitations.  Invitations to easy (literally, kind) yokes.  Invitations to lighter burdens.  When they couldn’t make up their minds, Jesus just kept on inviting.  No wonder so many couldn’t stand him.

Inviting Lord, gentle and humble in heart: we are truly burdened.  Take our weariness.  Amen.

Minnesota Capitol, evening of June 30, 2011

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