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Luke 7:33-35 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!”
Jesus is frustrated, comparing the people to petulant children who won’t participate unless the game is played by their rules. (One commentator pegged this as the “parable of the brats.”)
Jesus doesn’t follow the rules. He is king, but not royal. He heals, but not always on the right days or in the prescribed ways. He befriends the unwanted and unwelcome, not the wealthy and elite. This crowd tries to hem in Jesus with their own ideas of how he should act and lead. I wonder: In what ways to do we try to limit Jesus today?
MOVING FORWARD: Do you have any unfair expectations of Jesus? How can you let go of those and allow him to move freely in your life?
Good Book Club Reading: Luke 7:1-35
Today the Church remembers Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr of Smyrna, 156.