Tag: Authority

Authority and the Moral Law

Our form of government in the United States is surprisingly compatible with the long-standing social teaching of the Catholic Church.  St. Pope John XXIII, in his encyclical letter, “Peace on Earth”, teaches, “Authority must be guided by the moral...

Who is Our Authority?

Outside of Disney, I have little interaction with the notion of “royalty.” That is probably my first reflection each year on Christ as our “King.” This designation is a little too “medieval” for me.  I recently asked a Bible scholar that I know how...

It Isn’t Easy Living a Christian Life

The readings for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2021, talk about God speaking to us, to you, to me, to all people. In the first reading from Deuteronomy, Chapter 18:15-20, Moses tells the people, “A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise...

If You Were a King

Once upon a time there was a great king who was known for three things: his wisdom, his sense of justice, and his abhorrence of waste; indeed, the king was so frugal he insisted everything in his palace be gently used, maintained or repaired as...

Satan Has Little Influence Over Those Who Remain Humble

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, commonly known to everyone as Mother Teresa, was not only a very holy woman; as founder of the Missionaries of Charity, she was also quite capable as an organizer and administrator.  On one occasion she arranged for some of...

How Closely Do We Follow Him?

After reading the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John and reflecting on Jesus as the Bread of Life that the Father has given to his adopted children, it is time to draw some vital conclusions. What the risen Lord teaches us is something that is...

How Does Following Jesus Influence Our Lives?

In the Gospel of Mark (1:21-28), Jesus entered the Synagogue on the Sabbath and taught the people. Mark says that “The people were astonished at his teaching, for He taught them as one having authority.” If you look carefully at this Gospel text...

He Spoke With Authority

On the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Sacred Writer, the Holy Spirit, speaks about the authority of the Lord. The reading is taken from the first chapter of the earliest of the Gospels, the Gospel of Mark (1:21-28). Jesus begins to teach in...