“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.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the 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.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
Sometimes it seems like we are rebellious by nature. But this is true only in one sense; we rebel against the law of God because we think we know better. The truth is that our true nature, the way God formed us, is geared towards loving obedience to Him. It is because of sin that we are twisted and likely to believe lies and make mistakes. Certainly, God did not form us naturally to think we know better than He does.
In our mistakes, we assume that God’s law must not apply to us, or that God’s law might not bring us what we really need in our hearts.Worst of all, we assume we possess some wisdom that is beyond God’s law. We even fool ourselves into thinking that God may have one ethic, but the ethic offered us by the law, passed on to us through God’s Church, is broken—and our wisdom gives us the green light to circumvent the law.
Jesus is the new law. His obedience to God the Father was so strong that it led him first to the manger in Bethlehem, then to the Cross. But the Cross led to the Resurrection. And that leads to the Church, in her teachings and her sacraments and her charity. Just as Jesus said in Matthew 11:19, “Wisdom is vindicated by her works.”
—Fr. John Brown, S.J.
Lord, what does it mean to be obedient to you? How does this commitment manifest itself in my day? I want to think about the people, the tasks, the activities of this day and pledge my obedience to serve and glorify you. What should I continue to do? What should I start doing? And what should I stop doing? Let the answers to these questions be my testimony to following you.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team