Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt:

Matthew 23:13-14

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.”

More thoughts for meditation:

This verse is just the beginning of a Jesus’ long list of woes about the Pharisees. Their self righteous, know it all posture towards life and spirituality kept them and their followers from truly hearing what Jesus was saying. When reading through the stories of Jesus’ interactions with those around him it becomes clear that it’s only those who have the posture of a learner and the willingness to admit their ignorance and sin that can understand the kingdom of God. We cannot receive the healing and transformation of Jesus if we are not teachable.

Berry says this,

“There is finally the pride of thinking oneself without teachers.

The teachers are everywhere. What is wanted is a learner.

In ignorance is hope. It is ignorance the teachers will come to.”

Suggestions for action:

Our culture puts a high value on intelligence and the acquiring of information and we often see education as a measure of security. How has this affected your spiritual posture as a learner? Think about the postures in which you approach Jesus and the community. How do these postures promote or prevent your health and transformation and the health and transformation of others? Are you eager to learn?