#MyMassTakeaway: Authority

Today’s the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 28, 2018

My takeaway:

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#MyMassTakeaway: Authority . In the Gospel, Jesus spoke with divine authority. He commanded demons to leave and they did. . Good shares His authority with me. And I wish I could command the same obedience. But the truth is, He also have my kids free will. They can choose to accept or reject my authority. . Thus morning I ran into a power struggle with my kids. I wanted them to dress in proper church attire. They wanted shorts and a T shirt. . After a brief back and forth I realized Sunday Best clothes weren't going to happen unless I was willing to physically wrestle them on my kids. . So I decided to respect their autonomy. They could choose to wear church clothes or not. But if they didn't, they would suffer the natural consequences: NO DONUTS. . They choose no donuts. . It was a lesson in free will. A lesson in consequences. A lesson in true authority. God doesnt force us to accept His commands. But if we don't, there are inevitable consequences. . And I'd rather my kids learn that lesson now, with mild but effective consequences. I'd rather give them respect as they learn obedience than teach obedience through fear and force. . I pray that I remember to use my own authority with justice and respect. I pray that I set fair rules and policies. And that I show my children that I will use my authority with love and with desire for what's best for them. . And I pray that as my children grow they learn to love and trust God's authority. Because His commands are always for their good.

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Your turn:

I want to know your Mass Takeaway too! Comment with your thoughts on the readings, your pastor’s homily, or anything that struck you during your time at Mass.

#MyMassTakeaway: I pray that I remember to use my own authority with justice and respect. I pray that I set fair rules and policies. And that I show my children that I will use my authority with love and with desire for what's best for them. And I pray that as my children grow they learn to love and trust God's authority. Because His commands are always for their good.

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