A Homily for
October 29 2014,
Year A, from
Today's Lectionary Gospel reading continues the Hebrew religious leader's response to the series of Jesus' parables that we are calling the parables of provocation.
This ongoing argument between Jesus and the pressure groups (N.T. Wright) of his day has now turned deadly serious, as Jesus knew it would, with the heat being steadily turned up on him by these leaders in their attempt to degrade the people's view of him, even as they plot his final destruction.
As noted in last week’s text, these leaders had had enough. One could push these men of power only so far, and Jesus had pushed them over the line.
First it was the Herodians and the Pharisees who sought to trap Jesus like one traps a bird or wild beast (A.T. Robertson) with their question tax paying to Rome. Then came the Sadducees with their question about marriage and the afterlife. And now, finally, it is the Pharisees turn again, this time with a question regarding TORAH.