Scripture: Matthew 21:23-27
23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" 24 Jesus answered them, "I also will ask you a question; and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, `From heaven,' he will say to us, `Why then did you not believe him?' 26 But if we say, `From men,' we are afraid of the multitude; for all hold that John was a prophet." 27 So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
Why this question looks little blizzard which is totally displaced? To the people who are in the Temple, like the high priests and elders, the origin of this authority is important. It is from this origin they can discern the worthiness and effective of the authority of Jesus. Since they have received the authority, they search in Jesus, from whom He has received the authority. Everything is life is conditioned by others. Thus the response of Jesus is also conditioned by their response, by consequence they won't receive what they have aimed or planned to receive.
To receive from God, our life should be conditioned by God, fully open to receive. Only in this openness and gratitude that we will be able to profit the spiritual gifts of God. Every Christian is called to search the will of God and His plan for the humanity. It is in this search that we will be able to identify our vocation and the way God proposes to us. Once we discern correctly the way, we should have the courage to apply all that we have received.
The way we look at life and all that happening around us, will determine the quality of our joy. If we learn to see everything with an eye of Faith, the way God looks at, then the Joy God proposes to us will remain in us.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
John the Baptist's authority came from heaven, by Hilary of Poitiers (315-367 AD)
"Prior to this, the Pharisees had seen many things more worthy to be called great miracles, but now they were deeply troubled and asked Jesus to identify the authority by which he performed these works. The great mystery of the future is included in the consequences of present deeds. They felt the urge for special questioning, then, because the prefiguration of every danger was made known in this event. The Lord replied that he would tell them by what authority he did these works if only they would also reply to his question about whether they considered John the Baptist to have come from heaven or from man. They hesitated while pondering the dangers of responding. If they confessed John to have come from heaven, they would be convicted by that very confession for not believing in the authority of a heavenly witness. They were afraid to say that he was merely from man, however, because of the large crowd of people who believed John to be a prophet. So they answered that they did not know (they did in fact know him to be from heaven) because they feared that they might be convinced by the truth of their own confession. But they told the truth about themselves, even though it was their intention to deceive; it was only through their infidelity that they did not know John the Baptist to be from heaven. And they could not have known that John the Baptist was from man, because he was not." (excerpt from commentary ON MATTHEW 21.10)