Chief priests and scribes and elders, now that is a scary sounding bunch! They approach Jesus demanding some answers and he flummoxes them twice. Once he asks a question they are afraid to answer about John and second he tells them, through a parable, that their gig is basically up. The leaders of the temple in Jerusalem had a rhythm in their life going and it was pretty good, for them. And here is this unknown upstart, taking the same scriptures and teaching something very different. He was taking something that was set, that was stable for some, and turning it on its head and saying, there, that's how it should be!
In what are we too comfortable? What has become so ritualized in our lives that we believe it sacrosanct to change? What do we need to do to get ourselves out of set habits, set ways, enabling us to see the world in a different light? Everyone likes and desires comfort, and security and familiarity. When too much of life enters into that realm, we are at a danger point and need to upset the apple cart. Some of those apples may get bruised. They are still edible though.
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