Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 12, A.D. 2005
Psalm 28:2, 7, 8-9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today's First Reading and Gospel refer to those with legitimate authority.
It is a subject that has always fascinated me. When teaching Confirmation
Class I often discovered that my students didn't really understand the
origin of their parents legitimate authority over them. They failed to see
that their parents had a holy responsibility and would be held accountable
for their exercise of it.
Children, therefore, need to be taught that parental authority is legitimate
because it is God who grants it and expects that it will be properly
executed. On the other hand God expects that children will properly obey
their parents, for in obeying them they obey Him.
Proper civil authority is also based on the authority which comes from God
and presupposes that it's for the common good that laws are enacted and
enforced. What then is the big deal about all this? It is no less than this:
that all disorder stems from the fundamental failure to respect the
authority of God and others who, by right, have legitimate authority. Until
the Creator is obeyed, no lasting order will ever exist.
Let us pray that all will come to love God and follow all He commands. Then,
let us pray for our leaders and those with legitimate authority who have
been appointed or elected to serve others. They need our prayers to be true
imitators of the Just and Holy One who alone is the ultimate authority over
- Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hotmail dot com)
Lives of the saints:
The Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
The Most Holy Name of Mary
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