READINGS for 2006-09-18
?Come and he comes? ? Luke 7:8
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Amos 7-9
THE POWER OF RESPECTIn the story of the healing of the Roman officer?s servant, we can find food for reflection upon the nature of true authority. The Roman officer or centurion tells Jesus that it is not necessary for Him, to actually come to his house to heal his servant. Why? The centurion knows what true authority is all about because he is a man under orders and he gives orders. When authority is respected, he knows that people will readily obey. When there is no respect for authority, when the respect has been lost through abuse or never been won in the first place, orders will not be obeyed and chaos will ensue.
He trusts in the authority of Jesus? word and that is enough for him to know that it will be fulfilled. Here is an image or metaphor for the nature of faith. It reflects to us a willingness to trust and believe in the word and promises of God in such a way that we are not going to wait for second and third opinions. As the Prophet Amos once implied, when God speaks, the only true possibility of action of a disciple is that we obey.
This sort of authority is not something that is easily won. I can vividly remember the distinction between those teachers at school who had won our respect and thus we readily obeyed them. Those that we did not consequently suffered the consequences. The two options lead to two very different sorts of relationships. It is so important for our life of discipleship that we recognize that God is always faithful and true to His Word. Thus we can readily trust it without fear of being caught in the wrong. When we have this respect for the Word of God, we will find that our life of discipleship proceeds much more smoothly than if we are always questioning His Word. Fr. Steve T.
How deeply do I respect the Word of God in my life? Do I always seek to discover God?s opinion regarding the decisions I make?
Lord Jesus, help me to grow in my ability to hear your word for life. Help me also to recognize that any of your words is as good as a promise in that you are always faithful to Your word and you always provide me with the necessary grace to be obedient to You.
St. Joseph Cupertino, confessor, pray for us.
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