Ordinary Sunday 14, 9th July 2017 -Vicar’s Reflection
‘We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn't dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn't cry!’ Jesus quoted this saying to draw attention to the fickleness of public support. In a democracy, public support is essential. This year is an election year in the New Zealand
three-year cycle in which parties and candidates vie for public office. As responsible citizens, we will be turning our attention to the track record of our leaders and their political parties. There will be many words spoken, many tunes sung, both merry and sad by those seeking our support. How do we evaluate them? Will we dance to the merry tune and mourn for the funeral dirge or do the opposite? Pay attention not just to the tune but to the words. Many a sad story is dressed up with a merry tune to ‘sweeten the medicine’. Jesus said, “wisdom is proved right by her actions”. He always drew attention to right action and results rather than intentions or declarations. Reflecting on his parables it seems to me that it is the one who acts and makes a difference who emerges as the hero, even if a flawed hero; such as the returning prodigal son (Matt 21), or the wily servant (Luke 16). Matching the right tune to the right lyrics makes for a very powerful mix. Let’s hope both our government and our church can do it.