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Friday, May 27, 2005

Thoughts on Saturday's Gospel

MK 11:27-33

"By whose authority do you do these things?" Isn't that the question? Like the pharisees in today's Gospel do we really want to know the answer? For, if we truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God how can we refuse to do all that he calls us to, but if we allow ourselves to be sceptical - to doubt - how easy it can be to simply consider him just another prophet in a long list of prophets.

Contemporary Biblical scholarship wishes to emphasize Jesus' humanity at the expense of his divinity, yet it is his divinity that fills all that he does with power.

Moreover, if we recognize the answer to our first question - "By whose authority do you do these things?" We must also ask ourselves, "By whose authority do we act?" Who is the source for all we do, is it God or is it someone else - and if it is God, do we act according to his authority or against it?


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