The Lord said, «What comparison can I use for this people? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace, about whom their companions complain: ‘We piped you a tune and you wouldn't dance; we sang funeral songs and you wouldn't cry’. Remember John: he didn't eat bread or drink wine, and you said: ‘He has an evil spirit’. Next came the Son of Man, eating and drinking, and you say: ‘Look, a glutton for food and wine, a friend of tax collectors and sinners’. But the children of Wisdom always recognize her work».
Jesus is looking at the hard heartedness of the people of His time. They systematically rejected John Baptist and today they reject Jesus. Jesus is telling them that they fail drastically to apply their intelligence, and voluntarily they play with their emotions and sentiments. For everything there is time. Time to sing and time to be sad. We have to apply our intelligence, discern properly and choose the best emotions and the best action possible. If they would have applied their intelligence, they might have listened to the Lord and be converted.
There is another way of applying this gospel in our daily life. The way we look at people help us to understand the way we think and act. Our exterior activities will help us to correct our interiority. If we look only what is wrong and criticise people generously, it is not that others are bad, rather we have to seriously correct our interiority. Good people are able to identify what is good in others and bad people could see only what is bad in others. Jesus is reminding them to look into their own interiority and correct themselves.
Action of the day: are you very much critical and judgemental? Give attention.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
The song and dances of the prophets,
by Ambrose of Milan, 339-397 A.D.
"'Therefore, wisdom is justified by all her children.' He fittingly says 'by all,' because justice is preserved around all. In order that an acceptance of the faithful may happen, a rejection of the unbelieving must occur. Very many Greeks say this, “Wisdom is justified by all her works,” because the duty of justice is to preserve the measure around the merit of each. It aptly says, “We have piped to you, and you have not danced.” Moses sang a song when he stopped the flow in the Red Sea for the crossing of the Jews (Exodus 15:1-18), and the same waves encircled the horses of the Egyptians and, falling back, drowned their riders. Isaiah sang a song of his beloved’s vineyard (Isaiah 5:1-7), signifying that the people who before had been fruitful with abundant virtues would be desolate through shameful acts. The Hebrews sang a song when the soles of their feet grew moist at the touch of the bedewing flame, and while all burned within and without, the harmless fire caressed them alone and did not scorch (Daniel 3:19-25). Habakkuk also learned to assuage universal grief with a song and prophesied that the sweet passion of the Lord would happen for the faithful (Habakkuk 3:13). The prophets sang songs with spiritual measures, resounding with prophecies of universal salvation. The prophets wept, softening the hard hearts of the Jews with sorrowful lamentations" (Isaiah 46:12). (excerpt from EXPOSITION OF THE GOSPEL OF LUKE 6.6-7)