Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, December 12, 2016

Reflection for Monday December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe; Matthew 21:23-27

Matthew 21:23-27
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.”
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Reflection:
When our authority is threatened by someone else we normally confront those who threaten it. Then the worst thing that could happen to those who are being threatened is to kill those who are threatening it just to save their position of authority.

This normally happens in politics and it has happened even during Jesus’ time. The chief priest’s authority was being threatened by Jesus’ popularity among the masses. Naturally they wanted to protect it that’s why they planned to kill Jesus.

Why would we be threatened if we are not concealing anything wrong? Why would we be threatened if we are honest in our position of authority? Those who cling like leaches to their position of authority are those who are corrupt.

Those who are hiding something and those who treat there own area of authority as their own fiefdom. These kinds of people are the ones who are afraid to lose their authority. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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