“Now, to what shall I compare the people of today?” (Mt 11:16)
Today’s Passage: Mt 11:16-19
Meditation: Today’s meditation verse leads us to a different way of looking at ourselves. It demands clearly to review ourselves; who we are and what we are. It is nothing about others but ourselves. “Now, to what shall I compare the people of today?” (Mt 11:16) Both something positive and something negative are given; but I don’t find anyone responding to it either positively or negatively. They are indifferent in their life all the way.
This is just like presenting the mind of a father or teacher who wants his children to do something but respond indifferently. Indifference is the most ingratitude nature of man; it becomes of course a big burden for the other. Persons with an indifferent attitude cannot contribute to anything to the other or society. They naturally may become nuisance or threat to the society. There is no place for these people in the kingdom of God.
In the book of Revelation we read, “I know what you have done; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other. But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth.” (3:15, 16) Is it only because that you are of no use that you are expelled from? Can we say that anything useless should be destroyed and eliminated? I think, then, the whole orientation of this verse will be misleading.
Here the main thrust is not merely on the usefulness or the uselessness; rather it is about your response to God’s call. How do you respond to it in different circumstances? If you are not responding to any of those at all, that means you are not concerned about anything but you. This indifference will certainly prove your ingratitude; and this ingratitude will drive you out from the kingdom of God.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Teach us, O Lord, how to be a faithful servant in our ministries. Sometimes we are very indifferent to different calls that need our response; be it social, religious, or political. When we become indifferent, we become ungrateful to whatever we have from God. Lord, teach us to be grateful in our life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Friday…