Saturday: 9th November, 2019

John 2:18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?

There is a story I heard about a woman who always cut off the head and tail of any fish before frying it. This was learnt by the subsequent generation who did the same thing. But when one daughter asked ‘why’, she had no answer- she didn’t know why she cut off the head and tail for that was what her mother also did. When the great grandmother was asked, her answer was ‘because the fish I bought were always bigger than my frying pan’

Like the Jews who wanted to find out why Jesus was driving the sellers out of the temple, they were not going to settle for just the visible anger they could see in action. They wanted greater justification, some real answers hence their spiked interest in the events that unfolded.

My dear, when we stop asking questions and cease to critically appraise situations, we fall into the normal state of becoming creatures of habit. We adopt the cultures we see, the attitudes we observe and the ways of executing tasks without even stopping for a moment to ask why. It seems we forget that our curiosity has been given to us for a purpose, so we need to start asking questions and not just accept whatever we see and hear.


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