In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks “to what shall I compare the people of this generation” (Luke 7:31)? Jesus compares the people of His time to John the Baptist, considering John to be the greatest of the prophets on earth, with the caveat that the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist. Something to think about!
Remember, at this moment in time, Jesus had not yet opened the gates of Heaven. That would not happen until after Jesus died on the cross, and prior to the Resurrection. So, who were the members of the Kingdom of God at that moment? The Father Almighty, the Son, the Holy Spirit and the angels, were the only members.
John the Baptist represents the greatest of the Old Testament prophets, and Jesus represents the greatest of the New Testament, as He is God. It is at Jesus’ Baptism, that Jesus ushers in his ministry and brings the Kingdom of God to earth. Thus, now allowing us to participate in the Kingdom of God. Every time we attend Mass, God invites us to partake in the Eucharist. When we receive the Eucharist, Christ unites us physically, and spiritually, with God and His Kingdom.
Are we the best representatives of our generation?
The question is, “Do we respect this invitation to the Kingdom of God, and receive it graciously?” As the people of this generation, if Jesus were to ask this very same question of us today, would anyone you know hold the same honor as John the Baptist? Could Jesus compare us to the greatest person on earth, or might we be compared to someone not so flattering? To whom, or what, shall Jesus compare the people of this generation?
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