Wednesday 24 February 2021

Are you on the menu?


The crowds got even bigger, and Jesus addressed them:   ‘This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here.’

LUKE 11:29-32


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.

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