Author: Deborah Conner
Scripture: Matthew 22: 34-46
Key verse: ( 42) “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?”
Reflection: Questions, questions, questions! The Pharisees spent a lot of time asking questions to trap Jesus in an attempt to get rid of him. Today’s passage is set during the last week of Jesus’ life. Later in this Gospel, Jesus will denounce the scribes and the Pharisees, but for now he answers their questions. The first question in this text is easy: Which commandment in the law is the greatest? From their earliest days, Jewish children were taught that you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and, secondly, love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus answers correctly. Then he asks them a question – “what do you think of the Messiah?” The text says that none of the Pharisees dared answer him. I wonder why? Were they afraid or just taken aback? Maybe they knew he was the Messiah but didn’t dare say so. We will never know.
The Advent season gives each of us the opportunity to reflect on what we think of the Messiah. If Jesus asked you this question, how would you answer?
Prayer: Lord God, we confess that Jesus is not always the Lord of our lives. Too often we admire him but we are reluctant to follow him. Help us during Advent to reflect on what we think about the Messiah. Guide us in our study and devotion as you strengthen our faith and challenge our beliefs. In His holy name we pray. Amen.
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].