Sunday to Monday / Authority is Compassion

"There is such an enormous hunger for meaning in life, for comfort and consolation, for forgiveness and reconciliation, for restoration and healing, that anyone who has any authority in the church should constantly be reminded that the best word to characterize religious authority is compassion. Let's keep looking at Jesus, whose authority was expressed in compassion." ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen in Bread for the Journey

Jesus' authority is questioned in Matthew 21:23-32 but we know that when we acknowledge God's authority in our lives, spend time on that relationship and come to learn who we are and our identity as beloved children, we can move out obediently with compassion. 

Photos from Sunday morning found here and youth photos from the day are here

Continue the conversation into your week. 

  • What authority do you look up to? What authority do you have?
  • What counts in building community – saying some good words or doing good deeds? At which one are you better?
  • Is it hard for you change your mind? Jesus scolded the religious leaders for not hearing the messages God was sending them through John the Baptist and then through Jesus. How might you pray for Jesus to help you think in new ways?L
  • Looking ahead to next week: Read Matthew 21:33-46.  How does God view faithfulness and what does God want us to do? 


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