Prayer: Let your Word, O God, guide our lives now and in the future, in Christ. Amen.
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
25 At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants;
Remember “Children say the strangest things?” Children can be wise well beyond their years. Often children say the unexpected, often when they have been prepared in advance, or in church during the children’s sermon. How do they do that?
Our devotion writer explains; “As children, we all possessed a natural spontaneity. When did it begin to slip away? Perhaps it was when the teacher told us we couldn’t color the giraffe purple. But the child remains. On a Sunday afternoon my daughter and I stood on top of a grassy slope. The next minute we were rolling down the hill laughing. What are the hills for if not for rolling down? I think Jesus would have been delighted with our wise decision.”
So, Jesus was thankful for the children and suggests that it is easier for us if we keep our spirit of wonder and faith in His kingdom and put it to use in today’s world.
Prayer: “God, our Creator, keep the inner child alive in us. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
16 “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
17 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19 the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
Woes to Unrepentant Cities
20 Then he began to reproach the cities in which most of his deeds of power had been done, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum,
will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be brought down to Hades.
For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I tell you that on the day of judgment it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom than for you.”
Jesus Thanks His Father
25 At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”