Gospel of Luke 7:31-35 Reflection:
In today’s gospel, what we are hearing about is attitudes: the people complain that the disciples of Jesus do not fast and the disciples of John do. Then there is the story of the playing of songs, if we play sad songs you don’t cry, happy ones and you don’t dance.
We are back to the old story of you can’t please some people. We see this so much today; no matter what the church does it is wrong and no matter what the proofs are that say what the church teaches, there are people who simply won’t believe. They are belligerent to the teaching of God and no matter what he does they have no intention of believing.
The reason for this is that people are still full of pride: I will decided when God has done enough for me to believe in him, I will say when I am satisfied that he has shown me the truth.
The hurdle left to overcome is that “I” am still the centre of the universe and that as long as this is the place where I want to be then any idea of God makes no sense to me.
When “I” occupy centre stage, what is really happening is that I am worshipping myself and my own ideas. In this case I can never get to know God.