Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.
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What a great phrase, “all the people were hanging on his words.” How rarely do we find a speaker that draws us in and mesmerizes us with his words. I can just picture the audience leaning in, hushed, straining to hear every word, every inflection. They surrounded Jesus with a presence so intense and strong that it acted as a very real barrier to those scribes who wanted him dead. How many times do I listen like that? Do I spend time with scripture and really focus? Do I set aside times of solitude and silence to hear what Jesus is saying to me today?
At another time, many of Jesus’ followers left him when he spoke of offering his own flesh to eat. Jesus asked the twelve if they wanted to leave as well. Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” I think if I really believed Peter I would hang on to every word as well.
—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.
Dear Lord, it is so hard to listen. I’m responding to emails, going to meetings, running errands, spending time with family, planning for the days and weeks ahead, all among the noise of news feeds, and televisions that distract and instigate fear.
Yet you, Lord, are the only word we need. You have the words of eternal life. Help me this day, Lord, to be still and know that you are God.
—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JDPlease share the Good Word with your friends!