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December 16, 2019

Mt 21: 23-27

When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to 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, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” 

And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he 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.

Following the Lamb of God

In today’s Gospel from Matthew, the Jewish leaders are calling out Jesus and looking for his “bonafides” as if he was becoming a threat to their comfort zone. Instead of preaching or providing an answer that he knows will not satisfy their interrogation, Jesus pivots to pose a question to answer their own inquiry in sublime Socratic method. When the chief priests and elders cannot reconcile the answer to admit whether or not Jesus is the Messiah in their own faith and hearts, Christ’s teaching is manifest.  This is a foundational call to Christianity. We are called to Christianity in our baptism to follow Jesus just as John the Baptist proclaimed “Behold! He is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!”

—John LaMantia is a graduate of Fordham University and Saint Ignatius College Prep who is a trial attorney in the service of others. He is on the JFAN Chicago board for the Midwest Jesuits and continues to provide his four children with a Jesuit high school and college education.

Prayer

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace. 

—Agnus Dei


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December 16, 2019

Mt 21: 23-27

When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to 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, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” 

And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he 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.

Following the Lamb of God

In today’s Gospel from Matthew, the Jewish leaders are calling out Jesus and looking for his “bonafides” as if he was becoming a threat to their comfort zone. Instead of preaching or providing an answer that he knows will not satisfy their interrogation, Jesus pivots to pose a question to answer their own inquiry in sublime Socratic method. When the chief priests and elders cannot reconcile the answer to admit whether or not Jesus is the Messiah in their own faith and hearts, Christ’s teaching is manifest.  This is a foundational call to Christianity. We are called to Christianity in our baptism to follow Jesus just as John the Baptist proclaimed “Behold! He is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!”

—John LaMantia is a graduate of Fordham University and Saint Ignatius College Prep who is a trial attorney in the service of others. He is on the JFAN Chicago board for the Midwest Jesuits and continues to provide his four children with a Jesuit high school and college education.

Prayer

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace. 

—Agnus Dei


Please share the Good Word with your friends!