Are you on the menu?
Citizens UK, a community organising group with whom we, and many other organisations, are involved, work to a certain motto. “If you’re not sat around the table, you’re probably on the menu.” How do we effect change, when we don’t have decision making powers? How do we influence others, when others are making decisions which affect us? How do we become changers rather than people who have things done for us or to us?
In the gospel reading today, Jesus appears to be having some difficulty himself in effecting change. People just aren’t listening to him. It’s further frustrating because he cites an example of someone like Jonah whose message made its mark, and yet “there is something greater than Jonah here,” he says.
Today, like those large crowds who gathered around Jesus, we may seek or demand signs from God. Perhaps we want a sudden transformation, for God to do something spectacular, dramatic, obvious? To step in, make his mark known. And yet his voice can be heard in every generation. His teaching is present to all. He is present in the midst of all that we are called to do, he is with us always, if only we attend to him, and listen to his call. What does it take for us to effect change not only in our own lives but in the world? What needs to be changed?
God our Father, help us to be the change that is needed in the world by being changed ourselves. Open our hearts to your Spirit to accept the words of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.