Teach me your ways, O Lord.-- Psalm 25:4
Mass readings: Numbers 24:2-7,15-17 / Matthew 21:23-27
In the military two complementary dictums govern much of daily life: ''Rank hath its privileges'' and ''Rank hath its responsibilities.'' These two ideas provide the basis for the structure of legitimate authority. Military systems, as well as the Church, work well when proper authorities are followed. The chief priests and elders challenged the authority of Jesus but His authority came from God.
Authority structures in all avenues of life provide a systemic way to live a productive life. Surely, authority can be abused, but the failures of some do not discredit the general principle. Then, too, there are some situations in which we're the ones with authority. That's when we need to pay special attention to the second idea and act responsibly.
Prayer: Lord, help me to see Your authority in the people and events of daily life.