We return, after a month long hiatus, to the Gospel of Mark. Prior to our break, we witnessed Jesus enter into the center of activity in Jerusalem, the Temple, and bring things to a standstill. While there this carpenter from Galilee announced God’s judgment upon the place, quoting from the words of Jeremiah. Now Jesus returns to the Temple the next day and the authorities want to know – who do you think you are? Who gave you the authority to do these things? Jesus’ response reveals not only his shrewd understanding of human nature but also, subtly, the true origin of his authority.