Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It seems that children in Jesus’ day played unsupervised in the marketplaces! Clearly our Lord had observed them in their games calling out to each other, “These are the rules!... Play it my way!” Child’s play hasn’t changed much over the centuries; neither has the predisposition of adults changed, to revert to the do-it-my-way attitude when we meet up with relationships, circumstances and events that are unfamiliar. In this context, Jesus commented on the crowds’ judgement and dismissal of both John the Baptist and himself, each of whom lived ‘outside the box’. Because neither John as a prophet, nor Jesus a the Messiah fit the status quo (a.k.a. did-it-my-way) society easily dismissed – and disposed of – both John and Jesus. How am I walking with Christ Jesus? How am I insisting on Jesus being my Redeemer and my Healer in my way? Christ Jesus, help me receive your presence in my life in your way. Help me mature in faith that I might see things your way, not my way!
Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread... (Psalm 1:1)
Real zeal is standing still and letting God be a bonfire in you.
Soli ad gloriam dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.