Tuesday 5 November 2013

Wednesday of Week 32 Year 1

Those of us who hold important posts, who hold positions of power, are public figures, who are leaders in different ministries, etc. have got a great burden of responsibility and accountability. Such responsibility and accountability 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 in power who abuse their positions, who think that we can do as we please, today's reading is a serious warning to all of us. The reading warns that "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." The reading also warns us: "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."

Such warnings ought to be taken as a jarring wake up call to all of us, and 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? Indeed, it is easier to be a follower than a leader, but we can do all things if we remain faithful and rely and trust in God's love and providence.

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