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Monday of the Third Week of Advent

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Gospel text (Mt 21:23-27): “By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?” When he had come into the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him as he was teaching and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you this authority?” Jesus said to them in reply, “I shall ask you one question, and if you answer it for me, then I shall tell you by what authority I do these things. Where was John’s baptism from? Was it of heavenly or of human origin?” They discussed this among themselves and said, “If we say ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say to us, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we fear the crowd, for they all regard John as a prophet.” So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.” He himself said to them, “Neither shall I tell you by what authority 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.