Proper 9, Year A
Scripture: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
Today’s lesson comes from a section in Matthew where John the Baptist and Jesus are talking about what Jesus’ ministry is going to be. John the Baptist had a different picture of what Jesus’ ministry would bring to the world. People are comparing what John had said and what Jesus was doing and wondering about their ministry. We hear Jesus’ response in our passage today. Jesus recognizes John’s ministry and at the same time, he tells people that his ministry is different. John’s ministry was filled with austerity (no food and drink) as it is a period of waiting and repentance, and Jesus’ ministry is filled with celebration (eating and drinking) as it is the time of fulfillment. The final verses lead us to see that Jesus’ ministry is also full of compassion and mercy.