Some of the teachers of the law responded, "Well said, teacher!" And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Children ask questions with abandon. Their natural curiosity begs to know who, what, when, where, and, especially, why.
Why is the sky blue? Why does the dog bark? Why does it rain? Why can't I have a cookie?
Why, why, why!
As we grow, many of us lose our confidence when it comes to asking questions. Maybe, we ask a question at home and a sibling calls it silly. Or, we ask at school, and our peers laugh at our naivete.
"You didn't know that already?"
"That's the stupidest question I've ever heard!"
"Are you really that dumb?"
We are embarrassed. Self-conscious. Intimidated.
We still have questions. Hundreds of them. But, instead of daring to ask, we keep them to ourselves. Hoping to find the answers on our own.
And, then, there are those questions we long to ask, but fear the answers might not be what we want to hear.
We seek the truth, but aren't sure we can accept it.
Because, if we do, our life changes. Drastically.
And, there's no going back . . .
"Do you love me?"
"Why are you working late so many nights?"
"Why don't you call anymore?"
The hard questions with sometimes harder answers . . .
This is where the teachers of the law find themselves. Jesus' teaching amazes them, floors them. They dare not ask the next question. The hard one. The logical one. The one which would set their world on its ear.
"Are you, Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah?"
They know the answer. They know the truth. They don't want to hear it.
So, they don't ask the question.
I wonder how different the Gospel story would be if they had dared? If they risked it all for the sake of truth?
If they took that one last leap of faith . . .
Are there some hard questions in your life that need asking?
Please, pray with me:
Thank you, Father, for giving us inquisitive minds. Help us to have the courage and will to ask questions even when they are difficult. Help us to always seek the truth. Amen.
Psalms 18:1-20 or 18:21-50
1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
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