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December 16th, 2013
by
Julianne Diddle
Bio | Email: JulianneDiddle@creighton.edu

Happy Monday and a Blessed Advent to you! After reading today’s gospel from Matthew, the aspect that stuck the most was the concept of authority. The chief priests and the elders of the people questioned Jesus’ authority. Jesus didn’t even justify them with an answer. He is legitimate, unlike the chief priests, and did not ratify or even give them the satisfaction of an explanation. He holds the authority.

What scenarios exist in your life when your authority is called into question? It could be a situation where your motives are questioned, a scenario when you had a disagreement, or when someone doesn’t see things the same way you do. Personally, I sometimes struggle with that little voice in the back of my head that says, “No you can’t do that,” “No you’re not good enough,” “No, that’s not something that you can achieve.” It comes at times when I’m vulnerable, nervous, or doubtful of my abilities. Sometimes this can be when I’m preparing for a test and I don’t know how I’m going to pull through. The voice says, “How are you ever going to do this? You can never master this!” Sometimes it occurs when I think about my future and the goals I have for myself. The voice says, “No, you’re not good enough to get there.” Where does the authority of that voice come from?

I know one thing for certain, that little voice saying I can’t do it anymore has just about the same level of authority as the chief priests and elders of the temple where Jesus was teaching. I choose to listen to the little voice that says, “Hey, you! You can do this!”

Whatever difficulty that you face in your life – be it a job search, family problems, difficulty with your self-image, a sickness that has taken you over – it’s time to listen to the voice with authority. Not the one that says you can’t, the one that is quietly hiding behind that voice – peaking out from behind. It knows you can do it – YOU know you can do it, whatever you are facing. You can handle it! So really think about where the authority comes from. Your authority, your perseverance, your diligence, your devotion comes from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who holds each of our lives in his hands. He wants nothing more from us than for us to live our lives to the fullest potential. By rejecting the voice that says, “you can’t,” and by accepting the voice with authority we are only enabled to live with a greater purpose. 

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