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Matthew 27:12. But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer.
Why is Jesus silent at this point? He has been arrested and charged with all sorts of things. The emotional tide of the day is running against him. Why not use his remarkable ability with words to tell those in authority what is really going on? Later, Jesus will famously ask God to forgive them because they do not know what they are doing. Here is a chance to let these angry elders and confused Romans know the truth. Why doesn’t he tell them for their sake, if not for his?
Jesus used to say that his teaching was for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. The crowd around him is so convinced of its own righteousness that its ears and eyes are closed. Jesus knows his message will not penetrate those barriers. He leaves these people to their logical consequences.
How often does our righteousness blind and deafen us? When it comes to matters of race or gender, sexuality or politics, it is possible, whether we are on the right or on the left, to be as closed as angry elders and to be left to our own logical consequences.
Today the Church remembers Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.