In Luke 7:31-35 Our Lord compares his generation (and ours) to children who sit in a marketplace and call out, “We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep” (Luke 7:32). At first glance we might interpret this saying of Our Lord as a condemnation of many because they neither dance nor weep (read: not acting upon Christ’s preaching). But this is mistaken because Our Lord compares the generation to the children themselves, not what they say. The children are frustrated because they are trying to get a rise out of others to no avail. In the same way all of our actions are vain unless we are in the state of grace. It is sad to see street performers who are ignored, but is even sadder to see people who busy themselves with all sorts of things yet neglect that which is most important: their salvation.