Daring to Ask

No one was able to give [Jesus] an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.  -Matthew 22:46

By my count, there are five separate, but related, questions in our Gospel Reading for Sunday, October 23, 2011.  The first one of the questions arose from the group who wished to confront Jesus.  And the four remaining questions come from Jesus, back to his confronters.

It’s pretty clear that at least on this occasion, Jesus answers their question with more questions.

Some criticize the church of today for its lack of certainty, the wide variations among traditions, the differing viewpoints on social issues.  Perhaps that criticism is well-deserved.  It is also possible, though, that not having an answer for every question that perplexes us gives room for Jesus to speak once more.

Be warned, however:  daring to ask Jesus a question, he may answer your question with still more questions.

Holy Jesus, your answers to our questions can turn us in circles…until we simply trust you.  For this, we are grateful.  Amen.