Some of us may have heard of the phrase: "With great power comes great responsibility." Such a phrase has great implications, since the power we hold is not to be used as one pleases, or to be used recklessly, but to be used in a responsible manner, for the good of all, and for the glory of God. Such responsibility is certainly not an easy or simple matter, and to be true and faithful in our conduct is not something we can accomplish on our own.We need to continuously depend on God's help for strength and perserverence.
However, for those among us who abuse
their positions, who think that we can do as we please, today's reading
warns: "power is a
gift to you from the Lord, sovereignty is from the Most High; he himself
will probe your acts and scrutinise your intentions... If, as administrators of his kingdom, you have not governed
justly; nor observed the law, nor behaved as God would have you behave,
he will fall on you swiftly and terribly. Ruthless judgement is reserved
for the high and mighty; the lowly will be compassionately pardoned,
the mighty will be mightily punished."
ought to remind us
that we are to serve and not lord it over others. The question is: are
we making efforts in humility to remain loyal, faithful and dependent on
the Lord, or have we allowed ourselves to go astray? Are we aware and
careful of the consequences of our actions, or have we become blind and
deaf, refusing to admit any guilt or wrongdoing? May we come to realise the graveness of the responsibility entrusted upon us, and in all we say and do, give glory to God.