10.12.10 CHALLENGE

"To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, 'He is possessed by a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is vindicated by her works." (Mt 11 :16-19)



The people of this generation are like playful children. They are playful and hence they are not responsible about anything that is happening around. Their concern is about singing and dancing and mourning. Certainly if they are children then this way of behaviour is okay. But the trouble is that they are the elders who play the role of children. This is to say that they are not mature and they do not, in any sense, reveal responsibility to what happens around. Instead of being mature and responsible these are playful.


Moses, in the book of Deuteronomy, writes about a son who is a glutton and drunkard and how he should be treated: "If a man has a stubborn and unruly son who will not listen to his father or mother, and will not obey them even though they chastise him,… 'This son of ours is a stubborn and unruly fellow who will not listen to us; he is a glutton and a drunkard.' Then all his fellow citizens shall stone him to death. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel, on hearing of it, shall fear.(Deut 21: 18-21).


John the Baptist was a man of austerity and self-denial and he is considered as a possessed person. Jesus himself speaks of parties and is lavish with forgiveness and love. People consider him as a rebel son or a false prophet. Yes people do not like any challenge in any way.