Authority

11 March 2010

Today’s Readings: Jer 7:23-28/Lk 11:14-23

REFLECTION
In today’s Gospel, the controversy lies not in Jesus’ exorcism but the source of His authority and those who follow Him.

Most of the time, we act more like Jesus’ opposition who test every good intention not because we question what was done, but the source of its authority—who is basically doing the act. There are people who would blindly say “yes” to people in authority simply because they are the so- called authority and immediately say “no” to those who are not in power.

Some people tend to be very comfortable with their rationalization of authority and forget to see the essence of it and blindly follow what will best serve their interests and preserve their status quo.

Luke invites us to reflect deeply on how we value the source of authority. Jesus reminds us that authority may not necessarily come from people in power, prestige and position. Authority flows to those who have faith in God.

PRAYER
Lord we thank you for allowing us to see your authority in the midst of our distrust, disappointment and blinding judgment. Thank you for leading us towards your grace. May your authority continue to flow in our hearts as we profess our faith in You through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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