72. God’s authority
What a beautiful passage:
“Since in this way I have profited, I will give my teacher grateful praise.” Sirach, chapter 51, verse 17
Let’s acknowledge that everything that has been accomplished in beauty, truth, good and reality during our life has not happened by chance.
We did not create wisdom. We did not invent love. We did not think our intelligence. Let’s face the facts and recognize that all talents, values, gifts, charisms and graces come exclusively from the Lord.
Let’s also recognize that the wisdom of God has been given us to receive him. If God had not allowed receiving him, we would be like a cloth that has no interest, no will, no movement.
Yes, there are still people who think that they are the only kings of their lives, that they have given themselves everything and that they can even stand above Jesus. Temple officials question Jesus:
“By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you this authority to do them?” Mark, chapter 11, verse 28
Strange question indeed. It is still possible today to have this question: “By what authority do you do that?” It’s as if we’d say, “Jesus, I do not know you, and what you do is a lie.”
Jesus has just healed a person. And it is acknowledged that only God can heal in his name. Yet Jesus keeps reminding us that he’s healing in his name. They only need to open their eyes. Jesus healed a person before them.
Jesus, we do not recognize your authority. Jesus, we question ourselves to know if you are really God. Yet there is a multitude of signs in the world right now that are from you.
We need to see clearly and accept that you are truly God and Lord. Without you we are lost, without you we have no real life or soul. Without you we exist not.
We need to recognize that you are God Jesus, the Lord of our life.
The new American Bible, 2011-2014
Book: Refusing sin, Normand Thomas