Jesus and his disciples go back to the temple, again, today. Perhaps Jesus was checking to make sure the money-changers and the folks who sold the small animals for sacrifice hadn't returned. We are told they were walking in the temple when, once again, Jesus is challenged by the religious officials. He refuses to answer their question because they won't acknowledge who John the Baptist was. Because of their lack of honesty, because of their inability to speak with authenticity, Jesus does not answer them.
This is not a tit-for-tat kind of exchange that we see children (and many adults) engage in. God expects us to be honest, to be authentic about our faith and our spirituality. Many times we don't know the answers, and that is okay, so long as we are up front about our inability to comprehend something. More often than not, we have more questions than we have answers, and that is okay too. For we are having a conversation with God when we are asking those questions. By asking and exploring we are digging deep into our spiritual selves. This is a life-time's dig that requires persistence and patience.
This is a wonderful Gospel reading for us this Tuesday of Holy Week. Where can we be more authentic to ourselves, to those around us and to God?
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