Humbly submit your will to God (thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
When Jesus had come into the temple area,
the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him
as he was teaching and said,
“By what authority are you doing these things?
And who gave you this authority?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“I shall ask you one question, and if you answer it for me,
then I shall tell you by what authority I do these things.
Where was John’s baptism from?
Was it of heavenly or of human origin?”
They discussed this among themselves and said,
“If we say ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say to us,
‘Then why did you not believe him?’
But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we fear the crowd,
for they all regard John as a prophet.”
So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.”
He himself said to them,
“Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.” MT 21:23-27
In several places in the Gospels and New Testament, Jesus tells us by what authority he does things. He is one with the Father who is in Him and He is in Him.
29″My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30″I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone Him. JN 10:30
John 1:1,2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the …
John 5:17,23 But Jesus answered them, My Father works till now, and I work…
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I am.
John 14:9,23 Jesus said to him, Have I been so long a time with you, and yet have …
John 16:15 All things that the Father has are mine: therefore said I, that he …
John 17:10,21 And all my are yours, and yours are mine; and I am glorified in them…
Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the …
Matthew 28:19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name …
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …
1 John 5:7,20 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, …
In today’s Gospel, it is not about the authority by which Jesus does things. It is by what authority the Jews do things. They cannot answer Jesus’ question showing that they do not speak with authority or have the authority of God like Jesus does. Jesus speaks with authority because He is God. Bishop Barron says there is an old Apostolic saying, “Either Jesus is God or He is a bad man”.
Take time to reflect on this reality; Jesus is God. Belief in God is difficult. It requires trust, and trust takes time to develop by spending time with someone and getting to know them. In the these last two weeks of Advent, spend time getting to know Jesus so you can trust and believe.
Jesus wants us to know how much God the Father loves us and is chasing after us to bring us back to heaven with Him. I get so distracted from this all throughout the day. Jesus does not want us to know a bunch of facts about Him, He wants us to know him. He has revealed himself through the Scriptures and set up the Catholic Church to keep His Divine Revelation protected and passed down.
The question we have to ask ourselves is what are we made for? What did our Creator make us for? Jesus revealed to us that the Father created us to love, to will the good of the other. He also revealed to us that we are broken. What is your brokenness? If we do not really dig deep down where we have pushed away all of our brokenness and confront it, we don’t need a Savior. Jesus has a lot of authority, but His greatest desire is for us to allow Him in so He can fulfill His mission. His mission is to take on all of our sin, brokenness, anxiety, depression, fear of the unknown, lack of trust, lack of courage to forgive, family struggles, sickness, hate, our burdens and give us rest. Jesus revealed to us today that He has the authority to take our place in our suffering, take on all of our sin, take on all of our brokenness, and give us rest. I need a Savior, thank you Jesus.
Today’s challenge: Spend time with Jesus everyday. Learn one new thing from Him each day in prayer and reflection on His Word in silence. It will always break down to love and compassion for God and others. Apply it to your life.
We are saints in training! Be a servant, become a saint!