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Liturgical day: Saturday 8th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 11,27-33): As Jesus was walking in the Temple, the chief priests, the teachers of the Law and the elders came to him and asked, «What authority do you have to act like this? Who gave you authority to do the things you do?». They were once again in Jerusalem. As Jesus was walking in the Temple, the chief priests, the teachers of the Law and the elders came to him and asked, «What authority do you have to act like this? Who gave you authority to do the things you do?». Jesus said to them, «I will ask you a question, only one, and if you give me an answer, then I will tell you what authority I have to act like this. Was John's preaching and baptism a work of God, or was it merely something human? Answer me».

And they kept arguing among themselves, «If we answer that it was a work of God, He will say: ‘Why then did you not believe him?’». But neither could they answer before the people that the baptism of John was merely something human, for everyone regarded John as a prophet. So they answered Jesus, «We don't know», and Jesus said to them, «Neither will I tell you what authority I have to act as I do».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we are surprised to see some religious authorities asking Jesus for an explanation. They do not deny their miracles (cures, resurrecting dead people ...). They can’t deny reality! But, instead of "surrendering" to Him and worshiping Him recognizing Him as God, they subject Him to an indecent interrogation. What arrogance! Other people with a simple heart, prostrated before Jesus Christ. But they -the authorities- don’t ...

-In the end, not being able to maintain this hypocrisy, they ended up crucifying the Lord (because He worked miracles and they were feared that the people would go after Him ...). Before God there are no "half measures".