Meditation: How do you handle power and authority, both
spiritual and temporal? Jesus gave his apostles both power and
authority to speak and to act in his name -- to cast out evil spirits,
to heal, and to speak the word of God. When Jesus spoke of power and
authority he did something unheard of. He wedded power and
authority with love and humility. The "world" and the "flesh"
seek power for selfish gain. Jesus teaches us to use it for the
good of our neighbor. Why does Jesus tell the apostles to "travel
light" with little or no provision? "Poverty of spirit" frees us
from greed and preoccupation with possessions and makes ample room for
God's provision. The Lord wants his disciples to be dependent on
him and not on themselves. He wills to work through and in each
of us for his glory. Are you ready to handle the power and
authority which God wishes you to exercise on his behalf? The
Lord entrusts us with his gifts and talents. Are you eager to
place yourself at his service, to do whatever he bids you, and to
witness his truth and saving power to whomever he sends you?
"Lord, make me a channel of your grace and healing love that others may find life and freedom in you. Free me from all other attachments that I may joyfully pursue the things of heaven. May I witness the joy of the gospel both in word and deed."
This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/