Jesus’ Authority Is Questioned
Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?”
We seize on authority
As though that lent authenticity
We give credence and power
Failing to notice
from the courts of establishment.
Spontaneity is denigrated
while adhering to the rules is elevated
Yet few who stuck to the rules
managed to change the world
Jesus, beloved child of God
knew a different authority
and moved to a different rhythm
than those around him.
And so he was silenced
for daring to sow seeds of corruption
in those who followed him.
Still, today, that kind of Maverick
is viewed with suspicion
treated with contempt
but may yet be
the one who reveals most clearly
the very nature of God.