Jesus seems to spend Holy Tuesday talking, teaching, telling parable after parable – giving glimpses into the kingdom of God, and challenging the religious authorities again and again. This was the day they heard him say that the leadership of the nation of Israel was going to be taken from them and given to someone who would steward it well (via the Parable of the Tenants, which, for once, they understood!). He also spoke of the temple being destroyed, and spoke plainly about who the Messiah is in Scripture. Even if they only had this one day of Jesus’ teaching, the religious leaders had enough fodder for all their witnesses at the upcoming trial. It’s as if Jesus knew his time was coming to an end, and he had things he wanted to say – to his followers and friends, yes, but to the broken structures and leadership of his time, too. It was as if it didn’t matter anymore if they killed him for his controversial statements. He knew it was coming, and said what he needed to say, fearlessly. What would that look like for you? How could you join Jesus this Holy Tuesday in *saying what needs to be said*? Are there things you have held back from communicating to others out of fear (even if it's an "I love you." or an "I'm sorry.")? If something comes up for you as you hold that question, consider speaking those words (to whomever needs to hear them). What does that feel like? Likely, they won’t result in trial evidence that leads to your execution, as some of Jesus’ words did; but it almost feels *that* scary to consider sometimes, huh? You don’t need to be reckless here, just notice if there is an invitation coming up for you. What is God inviting you to speak today (if anything)?

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2021-03-30 14:38:11 UTC