February 28, 2016
Jesus gives us a couple of conundrums in today's gospel. A conundrum is defined as a puzzling or difficult question. There are some common things we see or hear every day which could be considered conundrums. Why does a round pizza come in a square box? Why are you asked to put your two cents worth in...but it's only a penny for your thoughts? What happens to that extra penny? Why do people who slept well say they slept like a baby when babies wake up like every two hours? There are some conundrums on TV—if the professor could make a radio out of coconuts, why couldn't he fix the hole in The Minnow? Or Wiley Coyote, he had money to buy all those explosives and stuff from the Acme Company...why didn't he just buy his dinner? Here's a puzzling question, do The Alphabet Song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star really have the same tune? (singing in your heads?)
There are lots of conundrums in life, some nonsensical, some serious. Jesus asked two very tough questions; some troubling incidents had taken place and it is human nature for us to try to make sense of difficult questions.
Luke relates that some people came to Jesus with questions about a killing by the Roman soldiers of Pilate.
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