In today’s story, Jesus seeks to overcome the “confirmation bias” of his interlocutors who seek to trap him with their “gotcha question”. Confirmation bias is the tendency to take in only data that confirms a prior conviction and to discount information that does not conform to what we already believe. We are all guilty of this at times, and the danger is that we will not hear and respond as we should to the truth, which is sometimes unsettling.
Opening Hymn: Rejoice, the Lord Is King
Closing Doxology: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow