One day as Jesus was teaching the people and preaching the Good News in the Temple, the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders came up to him. They demanded, “By what authority are you doing all these things? Who gave you the right?”
“Let me ask you a question first,” he replied. “Did John’s authority to baptize come from heaven, or was it merely human?”
They talked it over among themselves. “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn’t believe John. But if we say it was merely human, the people will stone us because they are convinced John was a prophet.” So they finally replied that they didn’t know.
And Jesus responded, “Then I won’t tell you by what authority I do these things.”
Who do we want to please, mankind or our Creator? Can we give an honest answer and do our actions and words show the truth in it? What lies at the root of questioning authority? Can it be said, if the focus is to serve, in some way to enrich another’s life, then people-pleasing, authority questioning, self-absorption, all these would recede maybe even disappear? Does the one receiving the love, concern, care really want to know who gave the giver the authority to bless them?
What causes us to ask the questions that want to know by what authority? What spirit is at work? Is there a true quest for truth? Those receiving spiritual life, healing and renewal were not the ones asking the question. Only those who did not receive, and could not give questioned.