Matthew 21:23-27 Reflection – Divine Authority

Reflection on Matthew 21:23-27 ~

Zechariah was one of 7000 priest who for the first time in life has a turn to be in the temple. He is alone when the angel Gabriel tells him in his older age he would finally have a son who was going to announce the coming of Jesus. No doubt, Zechariah and Elizabeth must know their son John’s mission. How can Herod’s corrupt chief priest who knew what happened to Zechariah and his son, not understand what was in front of them had divine authority? Knowing what came together in the story can we?

The Chief Priests Ask Jesus by What Right Does He Act in This Way James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Chief Priests Ask Jesus by What Right Does He Act in This Way,  James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Additional Advent Reflections

Matthew 21  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Authority of Jesus Questioned

23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” 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, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as 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 am doing these things.


Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Matthew 21:23-27.