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Lent Reflections
Tuesday in Holy Week, March 27, 2018
Mark 11:27-33

Again the group came to Jerusalem. As Jesus 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?" Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me." They argued with one another, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But shall we say, 'Of human origin?'" — they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things."


"Should I have knee surgery or just try physical therapy?” Your doctors’ answers may differ. “Can I afford to support the church in the way I’d like?” Financial advisors may differ. We ask,“Should I take on the job that St. James has asked of me?”  Family members will definitely differ. We do need the opinions of these knowledgeable people, but it’s hard to know which expert to heed. We need a tie breaker.


These daily decisions as to how we live our lives are certainly not of the magnitude of those made by a Churchill or a Lincoln, but on occasion they can be life changing for us and sometimes to others. We need experts. But, how do we decide?


Lucky us - as Christians, we always have the expert. We know exactly who our authority, our tie breaker is, so we are able to turn to scripture, to study works of faith, to consult with caring friends and clergy, and most of all to pray fervently that we will hear as God sends His guidance.


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