Wisdom Is Vindicated By All Her Children

This meditation is based on a passage for May 21, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Luke 7:18-35

Reflection and Question: In this passage, messengers from the imprisoned John the Baptist have come to Jesus to ask if He is the one John has been anticipating. Jesus answers by connecting His work of healing to the prophet Isaiah. When they leave, Jesus praises John and those who were baptized by him. He criticizes the religious leaders who are skeptical of John, highlighting the way they judge John for his puritan habits even as they judge Jesus for not being puritan enough. It all feels a little confusing so Jesus’ conclusion is comforting: “Wisdom is vindicated.” Where do you see wisdom vindicated in your life?

Prayer: Great God, whom Jesus called Father, You adopt us as Your children through Christ. For that we give You thanks. We act much of the time like children playing games with no meaning. Yet You love, drawing us to You. Thank You! Amen.