Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” But Jesus remained silent.
Matthew 26: 62 – 63a
How often do you try to defend yourself? When someone accuses you of something, there can be that automatic reaction to want to fight back, or to defend your character. Jesus is being accused of saying that he could tear down God’s Temple, and in three days build it back up. He could have said more to defend himself, yet he remained silent. Maybe sometimes instead of speaking back, maybe remain silent, even for a little bit, and see what happens.
Prayer: God of silence and speaking, help us not always respond with speaking, but sometimes let the silence speak. Let us find peace and your presence in the silence. Amen
Action: Take some time to practice being silent.