-Ignatius of Antioch
Jesus wasn’t jabbery, as our culture at present is very jabbery. He never promoted abundance of words but expression of important truth, and that expression may ring out more clearly in living than in talking.
Many times He gave no answer to questions put to Him. In silence before the accusers of the woman caught in adultery, he bent low and wrote in the dust, speaking nothing till at last His short bone-and-marrow-dividing sentence (John 8:3-8). He refused to get himself entangled in petty legal debates (Lk 12:13-14). Even Before Pilate “He opened not His mouth,” (Mt 27:13-14; Is 53:7; Acts 8:32). Often he gave similar non-response. And often He withdrew to the silence of the deserted place, to be alone with the Father (Lk 5:16).
May I silence my own jabber, and realize I need not give the answer to every question, enter into every debate, always speak up and out. As I read the Gospels, and the mini gospels in the Epistles, may I be aware of His silence and listen to it, and learn from it, and live it.