March 19

Read: Luke 13:31-35

The Pharisees said, “Get out of here or Herod will kill you!” Jesus replied, “Go and tell Herod I will cast out demons and cure people for the next three days. How often I would have gathered my children to me like a hen gathers her brood under her wings. Look! Your home is desolate, and you will not see me until you can say, ‘Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.’”

Jesus defied orders from the king! He gave reasons for doing so as well as examples and excuses. Yet, the Pharisees were so caught up in the rabble and fear that they never questioned what was happening and refused to listen to Jesus. I wonder if maybe, just one of them had doubts and questioned what he was doing. How often in everyday life do we go along with the general consensus? “Don’t rock the boat.” Don’t make waves.” “Just agree with it!” “What difference will it make?”

We have all been in this situation and will be again. Questioning Herod’s orders wouldn’t have changed the outcome for Jesus, but it may have changed the outcome for the one who might have asked, “Why?”

Father, let each of us think clearly and wisely when confronted with worldly doubts and concerns. Amen.

-Sister Katherine