Matthew 21: 18-43 Luke 20: 17-18 Appearance : Assumption : Blinded to Truth : Discovery : Intention : Refusal to believe “Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.” Which case raises more cause for alarm -- the truth shattering our perception of reality? Or is it losing what was always truly longed for -- our perception of reality becoming the actual truth? Shattered or crushed, it seems odd to find oneself in such a predicament. The outcome is unavoidable, change being the inevitable destruction of, well, you. Jesus welcomes all in attendance to glimpse upon a new endeavor, both skeptic and believer alike, which rocks the foundation of each paradigm (world view) present. What was always taken for granted, what always seemed right, what, “Your heart told you was true,” is now shockingly called into question. You see, the world would be born anew. With worldly wisdom called into check, the Good News now preached was one of seeming defeat, illusioned failure, and it is understood how this was received…with disbelief. The Pharisees and Sadducees became struck with fear and rage, blinded by their righteous exterior, fighting down the flame of truth entombed within their blackened hearts. The disciples, deceived by their own pure hearts, walked a path at odds with such a deception. And Jesus, how I wonder in awe when I think on his situation. Here was the complete Man now faced with sobering Truth; victory by triumphant death. His. Mine. Yours. “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone. Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.” Is what seems right always right? Do you believe the heart is deceitful above all things? What truths do you hold so dear that Jesus calls into question? Do you find yourself ever feeling like it is always Holy Monday?