We have a tendency to want to do things our way. Hey…someone cue up the Sinatra. Unfortunately, this doesn’t usually work out the best for us. Now, if we did it God’s way, that’s a different story. In the first reading today from Isaiah 48, we see what will happen if we do things God’s way. “Your prosperity would be like a river, and your vindication like the waves of the sea.”
In the Gospel reading today from Matthew 11, Jesus talks about “this generation,” and how you just can’t please some people. “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ ”
Isn’t it true how you just can’t seem to please some people? Haven’t you found it to be the case that no matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t make some people happy. Know why? Because it isn’t your job to make them happy. We choose to be happy or not. And only when we have we have the joy of the Lord can we truly be happy. So what about those folks that just can’t seem to be pleased? Introduce them to Christ! And if they don’t want to hear it, then simply pray for them.
Father, help us to have the joy of the Lord in our hearts every day. And help us to pray for those who just can’t seem to be happy. Amen.