READINGS for 2007-01-09
MY CHERISHED POSSESSION
Jesus rebuked him and said, ?Quiet! Come out of him!? ? Mark 1:25
5 For it was not to angels that he subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 Instead, someone has testified somewhere: ?What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him? 7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, 8 subjecting all things under his feet.? In ?subjecting? all things [to him], he left nothing not ?subject to him.? Yet at present we do not see ?all things subject to him,? 9 but we do see Jesus ?crowned with glory and honor? because he suffered death, he who ?for a little while? was made ?lower than the angels,? that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them ?brothers,? 12 saying: ?I will proclaim your name to my brothers, in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.?
P S A L M
G O S P E L
Who or what is the supreme authority in your life? Ultimately it must be the truth because God is truth. When we succumb to the temptation of sin we allow something other than truth to guide our thoughts and actions. Jesus preached with authority because He always preached the truth. People may not always like the moral teachings of the Church but deep down we know that they are true because that is what they are ? TRUE. Let us commit our lives to living the truth so that our Gospel witness will have authority.
T O D A Y ? S BLESSING LIST
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Genesis 31-34
A POWERFUL EXAMPLE BY ONE WHO IS IN AUTHORITYPower and authority ? two words that connote greatness. Though not synonymous, power and authority are essentially related. However, a powerful man is not necessarily in authority and a man in authority is not necessarily powerful. An effective and genuine leader must nonetheless have both power and authority.
On the one hand, a man who wields power without authority is a tyrant. On the other hand, a man who exercises authority without power is a lame duck. The first is a monster, the second a clown.
The first oppresses while the second provides a comic relief. A great man is he who has both power and authority.
Jesus has both power and authority. The Gospel today is only one of the many proofs that Jesus is both powerful and full of authority. Jesus uses His power and authority to set people free. As in the Gospel today, He releases a man from the bondage of an unclean spirit. Jesus gives us an example of how to use power and authority together. And if only more and more people would follow His example, there would be less and less evil in the world. Fr. Bobby T.
REFLECTION QUESTION: How do I use power and authority?
Dearest Lord, help us to always follow Your example in exercising power and authority. Make us always remember that all genuine authority emanates from You and power is the other name for stewardship. Give us the power to do good and the authority to bear witness to You who is our Lord now and forever. Amen.
St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, pray for us.
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