Interrogation: Day 21 of Lent
19 Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 20 Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Only John records this interrogation.
Your proper protest makes the point, Lord.
They know very well what you taught; they have detailed reports;
but they’re frightened of you, Lord,
afraid you might cause division, and they want to preserve unity;
afraid you will challenge their authority, and respectability, and status in the community.
And most of all
they’re afraid you will undermine their traditions and their institution; and they don’t want change.
We are like them.
We know what you teach, but are afraid to take it to heart.
We keep you at arm’s length in case you disturb our peace.
You call us to be agents of transformation but we don’t really want to be disturbed.
Have pity on us:
help us to trust you enough to let your love work in us and transform us.