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The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday, Memorial of St. Albert the Great, Doctor of the Church, 15 November 2023 Wisdom 6:1-11 ><))))*> + ><))))*> + ><))))*> Luke 17:11-19
Thank you dear God for the gift of authority, a share in your authority to govern other people regardless if they are a few or a handful of loosely organized people like family and friends or a large number of subjects in our work or organization, community and the Church, and the whole nation.
But most especially, we pray for our civil and Church people of authority to heed your counsel:
To you therefore O princes are my words addressed that you may learn wisdom and that you may not sin. For those who keep the holy precepts hallowed shall be found holy, and those learned in them will have ready a response. Desire therefore my words; long for them and you shall be instructed.
You have sent us your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ as the perfect example of authority figure, who spoke with authority during his time because his authority is a sharing in your authority, Father, an expression of his perfect obedience to you; let us realize that every authority must be lived in total obedience to you, O God, like Jesus.
When authority is lived in obedience, those in authority become humble, getting closer to their subjects especially those in the margins like the weak and the sick; the Samaritan leper was the only one who returned to Jesus to thank him because not only because he was the least of the ten lepers being an outsider; but, most of all, he humbly and gratefully returned to thank Jesus because he lived his obedience with authority, Jesus whom he called Master. Like St. Albert the Great whose feast we celebrate today, patron of scientists and a man of learning and wisdom who held great authority in his Order and in the Church in Germany during his time, may we always live our authority in obedience and live obedience with authority to lead us all into humility like Jesus Christ. Amen.