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Today's Gospel: Luke 7:31-35 - Memorial of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian
"To what shall I compare the men of this generation?"
This question from today's Gospel was asked a couple thousand years ago, but it’s still a relevant question today. As I read these words, they didn’t paint a very attractive picture of holy people. It’s a story of whining, complaining, and comparison. What about the men or people of our current generation? What can we compare them to and what kind of picture would that paint?
I think until we get better at looking at others through the eyes of Christ instead of the eyes of man, we will be stuck in comparison and whining. As they compared and whined about what the disciples of John and Jesus did and didn’t do, I pondered how much time I spend judging others as if I were sizing them up on some kind of holiness meter. I wondered how much time do I spend making excuses and laying blame when my discipleship isn’t very shiny. I need to remember He expects each of us to serve Him differently, so comparison is silly.
Take some time in prayer to identify the places you compare yourself to others, and ask the Lord to help you see with His eyes. Instead of measuring yourself against others, reflect on your obedience and trust in the plan God has for your life.
Thank You, dear Father, for making me in Your image. Help me fix my gaze on You and focus on Your plan for my holiness instead of complaining and whining and comparing.
Copyright 2020 Sheri Wohlfert
About the Author
Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to look at the simple ways we can all find God doing amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.