“Looking for False Testimony”
Work on our hearts, O Lord, that we will look for the truth about you so that we can believe rather than to look for the false about you so that we can not believe.
Protect us from listening to those who hear and repeat your words only in terms of wooden literalism and free us instead to listen to those who have ears to hear, spirits to receive, and mouths to speak the truth of your words.
Help us, O Lord—for you have spoken and we must choose whether and how we will hear.
“Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward and said, ‘This fellow said, “I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.” ’ The high priest stood up and said, ‘Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?’ But Jesus was silent.” (Matthew 26:59-63a)