Nisan 11 (Apr 1, 2015)

On this very day 1,982 years ago, Jesus teaches in the temple and condems the Pharisees.

After relating the illustration of the landowner and the evil cultivators who killed his messengers, Jesus asked: “When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those cultivators?”  The disciples replied “they will destroy the wicked cultivator and give the vineyard to those who will give him due fruits.” (Matt 21:33-41)

On this very day, Jesus said in reply to an entrapping question from his enemies: “Pay back, therefore, Caesar’s things to Caesar, but God’s things to God.” (Matt 22:21)

Then in a sobering reminder for us when we have a tendency to be overly proud, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matt 23:12)

He also took note of the contribution of a poor widow, and on the Mount of Olives he foretold the signs of his future coming.

The location “Mount of Olives” is a series of small hills east of Jerusalem.  When King David was threatened by his son Absalom, he fled to the Mount of Olives, weeping at how his son turned out.  Jesus on this very day similarly felt pitty for his “children” – the ones he want to gather under his wings. (Matt 23:37-38)