Pentecost 16, Saturday, Year B

Inspired by Matthew 21:23-32

“[Jesus said to the chief priests and elders] ‘Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?’ And they argued with one another, ‘If we say, “From heaven,” he will say to us, “Why then did you not believe him?” But if we say, “Of human origin,” we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.’ So they answered Jesus, ‘We do not know.’ And he said to them, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.’” Matthew 21:25-27 (NRSV)

What shapes the truths to which we cling? What influences our perception of the world around us?

The chief priests and elders claimed to be seeking truth from Jesus, yet they were prevented from seeing that truth by their own sense of righteousness and the political expediency necessary to maintain their positions of power. They were only interested in ‘truths’ that affirmed their own worldviews.

God is the world’s creator, and his view of it is quite different from ours. He knows that his righteousness goes against the world’s values of greed and apathy, and he is not at all concerned with political expediency. He sent his Son into the world to show us his ways, and that event has changed the course of human history.

Let go of your own preconceptions. Risk the consequences of hearing God’s truth. The benefits of embracing his love and grace are far greater than the difficulties caused by rejecting the world’s values.

Let us pray. God of truth, your ways are greater than our ways. Open our eyes to your reality, that we may be freed from the fetters of worldly opinion. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.