Prayer: Almighty God, we read these Gospel stories and are again in awe of Your great love for us. You have already given us our salvation. You have already given to us eternal life. We live and move and have our being in Your love this day. Amen.
Read St. Luke 22: 66 – 71 Jesus before the Chief Priests and Teachers of the Law
We read today about Jesus before Pilate and Herod. The Chief Priests and Teachers of the law want to know if Jesus is the Messiah. Through questioning, they try and get Jesus to say that he is the Messiah. Anyone proclaiming he is the Messiah suddenly becomes an enemy of the Romans.
Yet how does Jesus respond? He does not answer about whether he is the Messiah or not. The Chief Priests and Teachers of the Law have been asking Jesus questions all of his ministry and know the beliefs of Jesus. Yet, here one more time they ask Jesus if he is the Messiah.
Jesus responds the second time to their questioning by answering “If you say that I am”. Still no answer. But the Chief Priests and Teachers of the Law have decided that Jesus is a thorn in their sides. He must be put away and handed over to the Romans.
Living life as a Christian. When new people meet you, do they know that you are a Christian? Is there anything that stands out in your behaviour and life choices that say, “I am a Christian”? Or would they say that you are just a good person? What, do you think, is the difference or similarity between being a Christian and a good person?
Prayer: Lord, may our lives always reflect Your love. In You, O Lord, we put our trust. Let us never be put to shame and deliver us in Your righteousness. May our decisions reflect Your peace. May our choices reflect Your joy. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.