Some religious people of Jesus’ day believed that calamities were the result of God’s disfavor. Jesus addressed that notion head-on by discussing two major events: (1) the massacre by the Romans of Galileans who had come to Jerusalem to worship and (2) the collapse of a tower in Siloam that killed eighteen people:
A Pharisee invited Jesus to eat with him. Jesus accepted, went in and sat down at the table. But the Pharisee was shocked when Jesus didn’t wash before the meal in accordance with their religious regulations.
That prompted this from Jesus: