Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Today’s Gospel: Matthew 21:23-27

The chief priests and elders were annoyed by Jesus. They tried to trap Him into saying something they could use against Him. They want Him to admit He was God, which would be blasphemy, or just own up to being a fraud.

Jesus turned the table on them by answering their questions with questions. If they say John’s baptism wasn’t of God, they would make the crowd angry. If they admit it was from God, they would be admitting that were unbelievers. Either way would be bad for them. In their frustration, they admit they don’t know. Jesus then refuses to answer their questions since they couldn’t answer His.

The chief priests and elders focused too much on other people’s opinions. They missed what was right in front of them. We often do the same. We are so busy trying to win people’s favor. When we focus too much on that, we might miss what is standing right in front of us. In this case, it was Jesus Himself.


Do I worry too much about how others perceive me?

Am I missing the obvious?

How can I focus on what is truly important?


Jesus, teach me to be concerned with what You think. Do not allow me to fixate on other people’s opinions of me. Reveal yourself fully to me. Amen.

Copyright 2015 Ellen Toole

The co-creator of the family funny online comic strip GRACIELAND, Ellen Toole is a professional educator, facilitator and writer with a passion for Scripture. Ellen has a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Boston College, and is committed to making faith relevant in everyday life via innovative, inspiring and fresh and fun ideas. provides faith-filled daily resources for today’s families around the world. Visit for faith tools and activities, family life articles, book and movie reviews, and much more to serve your family in their spiritual journey.