In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Today’s gospel occurs in the context of Holy Week, likely on Tuesday. Jesus has entered Jerusalem for His final Passover where He would be its fulfillment, the last Lamb that would ever need to meet its bloody end for the forgiveness of sins. By this point the tension between Jesus and the Pharisees was palpable. They were eager to be rid of Him, and so tried to get Him to speak heresy. They figured that, if they could just ask Him some loaded questions and get Him to talk aimlessly He might wander into something deserving of death. So, shortly before the exchange we just heard, the Pharisees plotted how they might entangle Jesus in His talk and asked Him the question about paying taxes (Mt. 22:15-22). After He silences them, He takes on the Sadducees in their denial of the resurrection of the dead (Mt. 22:23-33). Jesus silencing the Sadducees was no surprise to the Pharisees, because they saw the Sadducees as inferior. Now the Pharisees decide to take one last stab at the matter, figuring they will trap Jesus in heresy at last.
Sermons from Mount Olive
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