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Today's Daily Bread

Daily Bread

Sat. May 30, 2015 : Sirach 51:12cd-20; Mark 1:27-33

By what authority are you doing these things? In Mark’s Gospel, this encounter between Jesus and the chief priests takes place during the last week of Jesus’ life -- after he has ridden a donkey into town, after he has chased merchants out of the temple, after he has cursed the fig tree. After all this, the chief priests and elders again try to trap Jesus. Jesus answers their question with a question of his own: “Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin?” An argument ensues. The elders realize that if they say it was heavenly, Jesus will ask why they didn’t believe him. But if they say it was human, the people will turn against them, for they were sure John was a prophet. Hmm. Trapped, the chief priests do not answer Jesus’ question, and Jesus does not answer theirs. For wisdom to understand your ways, we pray.