Misfits for the Kingdom

“Misfits for the Kingdom”
A reflection on Luke 7:31-35
Wednesday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2023 Gloria M. Chang

“Then to what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’ For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

Luke 7:31-35

Churlish Children

Irritated by John the Baptist and Jesus, the scribes and Pharisees refused to dance to their tune of metanoia and mercy. Like churlish children, they scorned their enemies by labeling them as misfits. Austere John, they denounced as demon possessed; the joyful Bridegroom of Israel, they accused of winebibbing and gluttony. The wisdom of Christ, who turned water into wine, is authenticated through his true disciples.

You dubbed dry John a wild demoniac
And cast quenched Christ a dipsomaniac!

Traditional Chinese Translation


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