Jesus and his disciples returned once more to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple area, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders approached him and said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I shall ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me.”
They discussed this among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?”– they feared the crowd, for they all thought John really was a prophet. So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.” Then Jesus said to them, “Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
I look at Jesus and the way He answers people. They ask a very trick question and Jesus returns the same question with an interrogation. Jesus teaches us how to respond to these people who are insincere in their questioning. He invites us to discern not only the value of the question, but also the intention of the questioner.
We must recognize that we do not have the same talent as Jesus, who was able to penetrate our inner thoughts. We need to pray for wisdom, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, to be granted to us. By God's grace, with good discernment, we too can answer questions well, like Jesus. Our answer to these questions will help us discover the value system that guides us in our daily lives. It is here that we respect the divine authority in us and obey generously to God’s will.
Action of the day : Be wise in your discernment.
Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:
Fearing the truth,
by Augustine of Hippo,