WHAT AUTHORITY DO YOU HAVE?
(Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
If the authority you have is based on compassion, justice, and sincerity in placing the welfare of others before our own, you possess true authority, you deserve the right to govern the people, you deserve the trust of your constituents.
But if your authority is based on the strength to subjugate and dominate other human beings, you lack human dignity, you do not deserve to govern, you do not deserve the trust of the people, you subject the world to the chains of oppression.
Those who use their authority as a means of domination and forceful imposition do not solve the problems of the world, they make them worse.
The fruits of true authority:
“Prosperity will fill our land. Love and trust will meet; justice and peace will kiss. Truth will spring from the earth; justice will dwell in every heart. Everybody will surely enjoy abundance; our land will yield its increase, good fortune will crown our efforts”.(Psalm 85:10-14).
(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco)