Jesus’ Wise Response

In the Gospel of Matthew the context of this reading is part of the final week of Jesus’ life. He is in Jerusalem. He has been publicly and royally proclaimed. This created a dangerous situation with the possibility of riots and rebellion against Roman occupation of Jerusalem and Judea. The religious authorities, some of whom want peace at any price, repeatedly confront Jesus about his authority to act and to teach as he does, even in the temple of the Lord which they governed.