The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Monday, December 15, 2003

I am still proofreading the next issue of
Cup and Cross. The most current draft is now on-line. There were many typos, and I had to take a picture out and add another article. It should be in its final form by tonight.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 3:30 PM link
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Third Monday in Advent
Readings: Numbers 24: 2-7, 15-17a; Matthew 21: 23-27

Today's gospel speaks about authority. This is a common theme in our life: Who is in charge here? In looking back at difficulties within the Church, I find that many of them have authority and power issues as their root cause. People are always wanting to be in charge and to be in charge of others. Yet in the gospel we find that all proper authority comes from God, not from our title, station in life or office. This is not an easy lesson to learn.

God is the one in charge of our earth and our life, not us. Oh yes, God gave us power to name the animals etc, but the ultimate power to govern, to decide the course of history and to command others comes not from us but from God.

People are often accepting of authority when it suits them or when they agree with what is happening. They disagree with it when it goes against them. They find authority unacceptable when it does not go their way. The recent replacement of governors in California is an example. We pray that we can see the Lord Jesus as the source of our authority, and that what small authority we have here we see as sharing the authority of God. Amen.

Reflection by: Rev. James Urbanic, C.PP.S. (Kansas City Province)

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