For 1 June 2013, Saturday of 8th week, based on Mark 11:27-33
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, â€œBy what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?â€ Jesus said to them, â€œI 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.â€ They argued with one another, â€œIf we say, â€˜From heaven,â€™ he will say, â€˜Why then did you not believe him?â€™ But shall we say, â€˜Of human originâ€™?â€ â€”they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. So they answered Jesus, â€œWe do not know.â€ And Jesus said to them, â€œNeither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.