Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 30, A.D. 2002
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
All authority comes from God, and should be used in His name and with
His gentle restraint. How fortunate I was to have pious and gentle
parents who never abused their authority with their children. And how
difficult it is for parents today to know how to exercise authority
against children of a different culture than ours! We must pray for
parents, that they never abandon the struggle to guide their children
in right values, and discipline them when they wander. Parents who
fail to do this risk being abandoned or mistreated in later life by
their own children.
What judgment awaits those parents who have "spoiled" their children!
Or pastors who have failed in shepherding the flock entrusted to
their care! Or government officials who have neglected to care for
the poor, the marginalized, the powerless! Or those who fail to
enlighten those who wield authority when they see it abused! Lord
Jesus, send your Spirit to strengthen us and make us wise in the uses
of any authority given to us over our brothers and sisters.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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