For 18 December 2017, Monday of 3rd Week of Advent, based on Matthew 21:23-27
When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, â€œBy what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?â€ Jesus said to them, â€œI 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?â€ And they argued with one another, â€œIf we say, â€˜From heaven,â€™ he will say to us, â€˜Why then did you not believe him?â€™ But if we say, â€˜Of human origin,â€™ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.â€ So they answered Jesus, â€œWe do not know.â€ And he said to them, â€œNeither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
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.