Mark 11:27-33 Reflection
“Answer me”, it is time for you choose. Years ago, I had to make an instant decision to continue as a regular Christian or place myself directly within Jesus’s light. I reached back to Baptism, was God inside? Had not the years prepared my heart to be set on fire? Yes, it was time to bow down, time to receive heaven’s offer, time to accept His authority, time for love that had entered from deep within to flow outward. I had to satiate Christ’s thirst, so I was also not thirsty.
Jesus Walks in the Portico of Solomon, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
Jesus’ Authority Is Questioned
27 Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him 28 and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.” 31 They argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32 But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?”—they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. 33 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 11:27-33.