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Sirach 51:12-20
Psalm 19:8-11
Mark 11:27-33

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the $64,000 question

"On what authority are You doing these things? Who has given You the power to do them?" —Mark 11:28

Like the religious leaders of Jesus' day, we have many questions to ask Jesus about His authority. We ask Jesus if He will exercise His authority to heal cancer, restore a broken marriage, bring a paralytic out of a wheelchair, or free a person from mental illness. Jesus said: "Full authority has been given to Me both in heaven and on earth" (Mt 28:18). Yet how can His authority be applied to the pressing problems of our lives?

Jesus will answer all our questions about His authority if we first answer His question about John's baptism of repentance (Mk 11:29-30). We must come under the authority of Jesus through repentance and obedience. Then we can not only have our questions answered but can even move in the authority of the Lord. In fact, we can even do greater by far than Jesus ever did (Jn 14:12).

However, we are a stiff-necked and rebellious people. We don't even want to hear about repentance — much less do it. We desperately need someone to minister to us — to open our hearts (Lk 2:35), teach, and mother us. Mothers have a way of helping their children obey. On this Saturday when we honor our Blessed Mother, ask Mary to mother you. May Mary help us to repent and obey Jesus, have our questions answered, and exercise His authority in our lives.

Prayer:  Jesus, send Your mother to teach me about loving You and living in Your power. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for me.

Promise:  "He saved me from evil of every kind and preserved me in time of trouble." —Sir 51:12

Praise:  Betty has consecrated her family to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our leaflet Thankful to be Catholic, or on audio AV 49-3 or video V-49.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July27, 2010

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