Jesus Outwits the Priests and Scribes and Elders

Text: Luke 20: 1-8

Reflection and Question: : I can’t say that I have ever understood this exchange between Jesus and some religious leaders even though I can certainly see how clever Jesus is. And perhaps that is the point. Jesus had authority with the people because He was so able at speaking up to the religious authorities and stopping them in their tracks. Can we enjoy Jesus’ cleverness in these worldly affairs and can we learn from it?

Prayer: Jesus, our Teacher, help us to see the difference between Your authority and that of our earthly leaders. Give us the wisdom to know when to follow them and when to speak up, as You did, to stop them in their tracks. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).