“…when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant.” – Matthew 21:15
Can you imagine what it would be like to be present while Jesus performs a miracle? What would it invoke in you? Wonder? Awe? Amazement? Yet, in today’s reading from Matthew, the priests and scribes respond with indignation. Not quite the response that is appropriate for having witnessed ‘wonderful things’! In contrast, Jesus responds to the needs of the blind and the lame with compassion, and works immediately to alleviate their suffering.
Interestingly, Aristotle places indignation (anger at a perceived unfairness) as the opposite of pity (compassion/sorrow feeling at the misfortune/suffering of another). From this context, the priests and scribes place themselves in direct opposition to Jesus.
How can this happen? That the priests and scribes who are at the service of God in the temple be so wrapped up with their agenda that God himself is overlooked in their midst? That they would pit themselves against God?
And what about us? Are there moments in our lives too, where we fail to see what is going on because we are wrapped up with something else?
Let us ask the Lord to open our eyes to see the world around us today. To move away from the things that consume our thoughts, so to open ourselves to witness the workings of God.
May God bless you!