“Wisdom is vindicated by all her children” (Luke 7:35).
In today’s Gospel from Luke 7, Jesus tells the crowds how petulant and fickle they are for rejecting both the fasting of John the Baptist and the feasting of Jesus. They are like children who reject whatever game, happy or sad, is proposed to them in the marketplace. They will not commit to anything.
Commitment is the first step. The inability to choose leads to paralysis. Keeping our options open becomes a way of life, a self-defeating and often self-justifying rejection of any path forward. Square One is a staging area, not a permanent waiting room where people spend their lives, in the words of children’s author Dr. Seuss, saying “Oh, the places we’ll go!”
Jesus was constantly on the lookout for people who were ready to go, willing to commit, even to risk a safe life for the adventure of love. Many in the crowds became disciples. Many others listened for a while, felt moved to respond but did not, letting the grace of the moment pass them by. Discipleship begins when our simple yes meets a new day and we open our hearts to whatever unfolds. Come follow me, Jesus says, and I will show you how to play the game of life.