Daily Meditation - Tuesday 19th. February 2008 - RESPECT FOR ALL AUTHORITY: AUTHORITY COMES ONLY FROM GOD



How many times have you been turned off by political ads, talk shows, and news broadcasts? Programs like these can easily demoralize us, because their tone is often so negative. So much of the media seems bent on tearing down those in authority, particularly political and religious leaders who may or may not have done anything wrong. It can be very tempting to go along with them and say, “Everything stinks!” However, if we keep listening to them, eventually we find that we’re not very happy—and neither are those who listen to us.


Jesus had a very different response to poor leadership

: “Do as they say, not as they do.” Contrary to what we might expect, he advised his followers to listen to the Pharisees and scribes. He had a profound respect for their office, simply because they were responsible for preaching the word of God and upholding the Law of Moses. Remember, he came to transform God’s law, not to get rid of it—not “the smallest letter nor the smallest part of a letter!” (Matthew 5:18).

By showing respect for those who would eventually crucify him, Jesus points the way that we need to go as his followers.

We should always respect our leaders for the authority they represent, whether or not they live up to our standards.

Of course, we can and should protest when they go against God’s law—but we can still recognize that God remains the ultimate source of their power.

St. Paul wrote, “Let every person be subordinate to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God” (Romans 13:1).

All this may seem like a contradiction, especially when Jesus told us he came “to bring not peace but the sword” (Matthew 10:34).*** However, consider the impact we can have when we show respect for our leaders and our government when everyone around us is busy condemning them! Instead of causing division, we encourage dialogue and unity.***

When we walk in humility and obedience, we can change the hearts of friends, neighbors, and even our leaders. It is possible that you can help bring them to the source of all authority, our loving Father!


“Jesus, please guide our leaders to live according to your truth! Give them wisdom and courage to govern us with your spirit of compassion!”

I thought that was very wise

Thank you for your contribution to this Thread, Mini gerbel…it is particularly wise… rather than provoke The Lord?
All thoughts etc. and contributions to the Meditation threads are most welcome.:thumbsup:

The First Reading from Isiah today is particularly encouraging…
Is 1:10, 16-20

Hear the word of the LORD,
princes of Sodom!
Listen to the instruction of our God,
people of Gomorrah!

Wash yourselves clean!
Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;
cease doing evil; learn to do good.
Make justice your aim: redress the wronged,
hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.

Come now, let us set things right,
says the LORD:
Though your sins be like scarlet,
they may become white as snow;
Though they be crimson red,
they may become white as wool.
If you are willing, and obey,
you shall eat the good things of the land;
But if you refuse and resist,
the sword shall consume you:
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!

The words are addressed to Sodom and Gomorrah, whose sins were particularly despicable and henious…and yet The Lord assures them that they can be washed away. In fact go through complete and total change into the opposite altogether.

And today’s Gospel is a reminder that any sort of authority anywhere flows from God and that I owe this authority (which includes our dear moderators) respect, even if I cannot agree with them and in this case that disagreement needs to be respectful disagreeement…for the respect we give is in fact given to the Giver of Authority - The Lord…as is any disrespect.

Blessings - Barb:)