Tuesday 7 June 2016

Wednesday of Week 32 Year 1

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."

Such warnings 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.

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