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May 29, 2021

Mk 11: 27-33

Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 

Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.” They argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?” —they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Navigating Enmity

The inciting question that is posed to Jesus today — “By what authority are you doing these things?” — is asked from a standpoint of privilege, and arises from a spirit of enmity. Perhaps we are familiar with this hostile air, not just pertaining to work circles. In any organized community in which we find association, decorum is a natural aspect. The trouble is that the thorough-going way of the Spirit heralding the reign of God through Jesus is beyond the language of human authority. This reign is a no-nonsense, non-violent, incarnate revolution that breaks into our world and begs our attention. Hopefully our Gospel today does not become simply another episode of “Ha, Jesus sure showed them! Glad we’re not like them!” By humbly returning our gaze to Jesus (often!) we become more attuned to the surprising manifestations of healing love happening around us all the time. We cultivate a readiness for divine interruptions. We better bear and navigate enmity that can arise around us or from within us.

Martin Ngo, SJ, is a Jesuit of the West Province who will be ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 2021. His first assignment will be in campus ministry at Loyola Marymount University

 

Prayer

Good and gracious God, we want to pay attention to your presence among us, not so that we can show others that they are wrong, but so that we can bring love into our world. Help us to actively work to heal division to work with you to bring about your kingdom here on earth. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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May 29, 2021

Mk 11: 27-33

Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 

Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.” They argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?” —they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Navigating Enmity

The inciting question that is posed to Jesus today — “By what authority are you doing these things?” — is asked from a standpoint of privilege, and arises from a spirit of enmity. Perhaps we are familiar with this hostile air, not just pertaining to work circles. In any organized community in which we find association, decorum is a natural aspect. The trouble is that the thorough-going way of the Spirit heralding the reign of God through Jesus is beyond the language of human authority. This reign is a no-nonsense, non-violent, incarnate revolution that breaks into our world and begs our attention. Hopefully our Gospel today does not become simply another episode of “Ha, Jesus sure showed them! Glad we’re not like them!” By humbly returning our gaze to Jesus (often!) we become more attuned to the surprising manifestations of healing love happening around us all the time. We cultivate a readiness for divine interruptions. We better bear and navigate enmity that can arise around us or from within us.

Martin Ngo, SJ, is a Jesuit of the West Province who will be ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 2021. His first assignment will be in campus ministry at Loyola Marymount University

 

Prayer

Good and gracious God, we want to pay attention to your presence among us, not so that we can show others that they are wrong, but so that we can bring love into our world. Help us to actively work to heal division to work with you to bring about your kingdom here on earth. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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