True authority is solidarity

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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Tuesday in the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time, Year I, 05 September 2023
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11   <*((((>< + ><))))*>   Luke 4:31-37
Photo by author, sunrise at Camp John Hay, Baguio City, 12 July 2023.
Praise and glory to you,
God our loving Father
for this wonderful day!
Please, we pray, for lesser
rains today,
for a better weather 
today for everyone
to make up for the
many losses we have
incurred since the 
rains and floods came
two weeks ago.
In this time of calamities,
we pray for those in authority;
enough with excessive display
of authority by anyone vested
with any kind of authority
by the law who throw their
weight around even in
public; help us realize,
dear God that authority
is not about having powers
that set them apart from us,
of those in the higher up;
authority is about being 
one with us below like
Jesus Christ your Son.

Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. They were all amazed and said to one another, “What is there about his word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”

Luke 4:31-32, 36

Help us realize, 
dear Jesus, 
that to have authority like you
is being nearer your subjects,
that true authority is not power
but solidarity with those subject
to one's authority.

Authority is not power but
mercy and compassion with
subjects deep in miseries
and sufferings.

Authority is walking
and feeling the joys and pains,
sharing the hopes and desires
of the subjects to be liberated
and freed.

Authority is empowering
others to discover their giftedness
"encouraging one another
and building one another up"
(1 Thess. 5:11).