Have you ever had your authority questioned? In our Gospel reading today we hear those who have societally granted power say to Jesus: “By what authority are you doing these things?” and “And who gave you this authority?” It’s like they are saying, “Who do you think you are, get back in place.” It doesn’t always take someone saying this out loud to get the feeling. Sometimes the voice in our head is enough to make us question our own authority.
There is a phenomenon called imposter syndrome which causes people to doubt their accomplishments and fear that they will be exposed as a fraud. When one has success, it is often discounted as luck or deception rather than owned as a product of the persons hard work.
I wonder what was going on in Jesus’ head when he was questioned. What was his internal narrative? Was he confident and firm in his own authority? Or did the little voice in his head call him an imposter? Whatever was the case his answer gives me hope: “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” In other words, this is not for you to know. I will follow in Jesus example and speak with confidence and authority regardless of how others perceive me or what the little voice in my head has to say.