Gospel of Luke 7:31-35 Reflection:
Today's reading is one of the few pieces of scripture where Jesus is seen ‘giving out’ about the people. He is fed up trying to speak the truth to a people who just will not listen.
No matter what he says there are those who will twist it, turn it round and use it against him; if he tells them good things they complain and if he tells them f sorrow they also complain.
Jesus used the example of John the Baptist. When John fasted and lived in the desert people said he was possessed of evil spirits; when Jesus comes and lives an ordinary life preaching and teaching, they say: Look a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of sinners and tax collectors.”
Poor Jesus is facing an uncomfortable truth; people just want to do their own thing and shall justify it in any way. When God points out to us that we are doing wrong, we rationalize our behaviour in any way we can, even if that rationalization is illogical; we will bend the truth to suit our own ends.
That is human nature. Take a serious look at secularism and you find that it is nothing more than man’s attempt to justify doing whatever he wants with the gifts that God has given us in science and technology.
When we say that something is wrong in world politics rather than be told why it is not wrong we are told “This is real politics, morals don’t matter here.”
Human nature, even with 2000 years of Christian history is still the same; we want to justify doing what we want and when we can’t we come up with excuses.
I wonder how we shall feel when we meet the Truth!