“So they answered Jesus, ‘we don’t know.’” (Mt 21:27)
Today’s Passage: Mt 21:23-27
Meditation: It is very interesting to reflect on the answer “we don’t know.” How many times have we answered with the same words? We know for sure that it has got many and varied meanings other than those few letters. Sometimes it was for assertion, other times indifference, and still other times for support etc.; the same words but with different meanings. On this day let us try to understand its varied meanings.
When we read the passage, we find that it (the expression, “we don’t know”) comes not only from the priests and elders but also from Jesus Christ; of course, in a different expression. Today we will see into the expression of the priests and elders. Why did they answer that they didn't know? Is it because they actually were ignorant of it? Certainly not! This is very evident from the previous verses.
From their responses, “if we answer,” and “if we say,” it is clear that they know the truth. But they want to hide the truth because of some reason. The reason is that which makes them “exposed” before the people whom they don’t like; they are afraid of the people. Therefore, in order that the truth is not be revealed, they said, “We don’t know.” It is really a contradiction; truth is always to be proclaimed and revealed.
In the days of immediate preparation of the birth of Jesus Christ, the truth, I do hope that this meditation verse has got much importance. Do I truly believe that Jesus is my savior and redeemer? Am I really prepared to proclaim Jesus the truth in all circumstances? If I review myself, do I find in my past life the moments where I rejected Jesus for my name and fame? Peter also had the same expression in his life, but he returned to the Lord, loving him more fervently.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Teach us, O Lord, how to be a honest servant in our lives. Sometimes we are very indifferent or hypocritical in our lives; we betray you in our hearts at the same time praise you through our words. We proclaim you zealously in front of your people but deny you before your opponents. Lord, give us your spirit in its abundance to give witness to you in all circumstances. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Monday…