Posted by: livingscripture | November 11, 2015

32nd Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Hear, O kings, and understand; learn you magistrates of the earth’s expanse! …Authority was given you by the Lord and sovereignty by the Most High.”     

(Wisdom: 6: 1-2)

How should we live this WordimagesCAG6E0XG

 It is clear that those who govern are called to exercise power and authority; even better, to exercise power with authority.  It is not a play on words.  Rather, it deals with the understanding that ‘to govern’ implies assuming the responsibility to manage power in such a way that everyone benefits from it and there is no oppression, endemic discontent, and continual fear of death.

In his recent discourse to the United Nations, Pope Francis specified that the historic time in which we are living is “characterized by the overcoming of distances and frontiers due to technology, and apparently of any natural limitation to the affirmation of authority”, but he also added that “technological power in the hands of nationalistic ideologies or those falsely universalistic is capable of producing tremendous atrocities (New York, September 25, 2015).  Therefore, it is evident that those who exercise power need to understand well how this should be one thing alone with the exercise of authority.  Having received both from God, they must seek to govern everywhere and for everyone for the good, and particular attention must be given to the poorest, to those who are deprived of the most basic needs of survival.

Thus, we must pray for those in power to govern justly and that they do not give into the lust for power that devours their authority.  We must also pray for parents, for superiors of communities, for office managers, for teachers, for all who, in some way and in some measure, have power and are called to exercise it with true authority.  And they must exercise their power by giving good example, by adhering to the same rules, by practicing what they say.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the service of authority and examine my way of exercising any authority I may have.  I will also ask Jesus to inspire our leaders and give them the grace to do what is just and right for all the people under them.

Lord, I well know that all revolutions are generally born of this ‘no’ cried out against the egotistical exercise of power.  Help me to exercise mine justly, with patience and caring.

 The Voice of Pope Francis

 In a world in which money has become god, the life and future of the new generations are ‘thrown away’.  Even the unborn child and the elderly are victims of the ‘throwaway culture’.  Everyone, including the Church, must resist the temptation to accumulate money and things.

 

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