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Monday 3th of Advent

Gospel text (Mt 21,23-27): «What authority have you to act like this? Who gave you authority to do all this?». Jesus had entered the Temple and was teaching when the chief priests, the teachers of the Law and the Jewish authorities came to him and asked, «What authority have you to act like this? Who gave you authority to do all this?». Jesus answered them, «I will also ask you a question, only one. And if you give me an answer, then I will tell you by what authority I do these things. When John began to baptize, was it a work of God, or was it merely something human?». They reasoned out among themselves, «If we reply that it was a work of God, he will say: ‘Why, then, did you not believe him?’. And if we say: ‘The baptism of John was merely something human’, beware of the people: since all hold John as a prophet». So they answered Jesus, «We do not know». And Jesus said to them, «Neither will I tell you by what right I do these things».

Today the chief priests and the elders of the Temple of Jerusalem confront Jesus. Shortly before, the Lord has driven out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, with the permission of the chiefs’ priests of the Temple.

Jesus reacted so strongly because the Temple is the House of God; Jesus Christ does not tolerate to see his Father's House converted into a market.

-Jesus’ authority is God's authority. Jesus demands silence and respect in the House of His Father-God.