Only For His Children

Matthew 21:23-27
Nm 24:2-7,15-17 / Ps 25

Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.
(Matthew 21:27)

To gain wisdom, Lord, we have found
Faith and trust are what You require.
The crafty and smart You confound,
The humble of heart You inspire.

Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while He was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?” They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” (Matthew 21:23-27)

Reflection

The chief priests and elders of the Jews remained skeptical of Jesus’ divinity because they refused to open their hearts to His teachings for fear of losing their exalted status among the Jews. They could not even accept the miracles that He was performing as solid proof of His divinity.

People who are wise in the ways of the world are guilty of the same kind of cynicism because they do not read the Word of God and meditate on His Gospel lessons as often as they should. This lack of interest in God’s Word is what makes them question the authority of God. And the more they doubt His power and love, the least likely their prayers will be answered. God loves a trusting heart, and manifests His loving ways to the man of faith who has confidence in His compassion and mercy.

We must never question the things in life which we cannot understand, however unfair it might appear to us. We must never doubt the goodness of our Lord, even in the midst of poverty and hardships. Human minds are too limited to understand the designs of the Creator. Like the ants that labor below us who can never begin to comprehend the mysteries of man, neither can we fathom God’s plans. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). We must never ask the Lord why. We just have to trust Him in all things, against all doubts and fears.

God is under no obligation to reveal to man the mysteries in His creation, just as it is His prerogative to grant His gifts of wisdom and discernment to whoever He pleases to give. And most of the time, the wise and the learned are not so favored; it is to the little ones that the Father chooses to reveal His mysteries (Mt. 11:25). As the psalmist wrote, “Good and upright is the Lord… He guides the humble to justice, He teaches the humble his way” (Psalm 25:9).

We praise and thank You, Father God, for revealing to us in the Bible everything that our limited intelligence can understand, fortifying our faith in You and in our Lord, Jesus Christ. By the grace and power of Your Holy Spirit, may we grow in wisdom in order to share the Gospel, and for the glory of Your kingdom. Amen.

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