Lenten Reflection - Mark 11:27-33 by Richard Lauzon
"27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?” 29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!” 31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.) 33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” Mark 11:27-33
Jesus is asked by the Chief Priests, “By what authority are you doing these things? And, who gave you authority to do this?” His answer was a question which got the priests thinking. It is hard to see Jesus’ authority still today unless you step out in faith and get involved with His church. We are all part of His church here at Saint Julian’s and come under His authority. We should find ways to share our time with His church. Use this time of lent to pray and reflect on how you can become more under His authority. When you pray to Jesus remember that there is power in the name of Jesus! Jesus will guide you.