By What Authority? (Mark 11:27-33)by Guest Author, Seminarian Krista Heuett on October 13, 2021
Last Sunday, Fr. Daniel shared with us the story of the fig tree and Jesus’s hunger outside of Jerusalem. He also shared, “Where this is Jesus, there is food, and where there is food, there is a human community.” We at St. Liz live into being followers of Jesus through our “feeding” of others within our community. We have so many Godly gifts amongst us to share and feed each other.
As we enter into this stewardship season, we might not realize the gifts we’ve been given. But it is through our gospel this week that we find our answers. In this week’s gospel, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders question Jesus on what authority Jesus has. In true Jesus fashion, they receive an answer in the form of another question asking them where John's baptism comes from, heaven or human origin. At this moment, Mark tells us the answer from chapter 1; God commissions him to be God’s agent. God also commissions us through the many gifts we have. I invite you to share your talents as a way of being a faithful steward to God. Spend some time praying, contemplating, and listening for ways you can help feed others in our community. As we begin to bloom into this new season of growth and stewardship, consider ways you can bloom your gifts at St. Liz. There are so many ways to get involved through Sunday worship volunteers, Meals on Wheels, Grief Group, and more. Wherever you feel called to share your gifts know they are all gifts from God. It is through God’s authority in us that we continue to feed others as we bloom.