Monday: 16th December, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 21:23-27
Matthew 21:25, 26 Where did John’s authority to baptize come from? From heaven or from humans?” They began discussing this among themselves: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask us, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From humans,’ we are afraid of the crowd, because everyone regards John as a prophet.”
In the Gospel today, there is a clash between Jesus and the Jewish leaders when they questioned His authority. In response, He also asks them a question with two options from which to make a choice. Realising that either choice would clearly put them in an uncomfortable position strategically, they opted not to answer.
Consequently, although they got no answer for the question which they asked Jesus, their stance of not making a choice ensured that no significant shift in their position and influence occurred. However, what intrigued me about this whole encounter was the efforts of the leaders to clearly analyse the two options presented to them and identify all the possible rebuttals that could be expected with each choice.
These individuals seemed to understand that actions are followed by reactions, responses have repercussions and what is sown, will be reaped. This, therefore, influenced their indepth analysis of what to say. Beloved, when one understands the aforementioned principles of life, what we say and do are weighted. When we take ‘a moment’ – an amount of time – to critically consider what we want to do or say, we are less likely to fall into precarious situations.
So when asked anything, don’t just speak or act without weighing what impact your words and actions can have because related repercussions and reactions could be significant.