13 Dec 2013
Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you for your own good,
who leads you in the way you should go.
O that you had paid attention to my commandments!
Then your prosperity would have been like a river,
and your success like the waves of the sea;
your offspring would have been like the sand,
and your descendants like its grains;
their name would never be cut off
or destroyed from before me.
â€˜But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,
â€œWe played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.â€
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, â€œHe has a demonâ€; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, â€œLook, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!â€ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.