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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 4, 2021

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SATURDAY, December 4                  John of Damascus

Matthew 22:18-20 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?”

I am often struck by the fact that Jesus rarely gives an answer to the questions people ask him. In fact, theologian Martin B. Copenhaver notes that while Jesus asks other people 307 questions, of the 183 questions he is asked, he only answers three of them. And sometimes, he responds to a question with a question (does that count twice?), a practice that infuriates the religious leaders.

Some seasons, it feels like there are more questions than answers. We beg, plead, and pray to God. We grow further perplexed when our questions are answered by yet another set of questions. But perhaps in these verses we realize that we are not alone, not in the questions we ask nor in the questions we receive in response.

MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever felt like you have more questions than answers? Reach out to a friend and ask them the same questions, too.

PRAY for the Diocese of Igbomina-West (Nigeria)

Ps 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117 | Amos 5:18-27 | Jude 17-25 | Matthew 22:15-22

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