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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
21st June 2015

Christ and His Attitude to All Lawful Authority by Rev. Fr. Sertillanges

Jesus, as the Ideal and Perfect Man, would not dispense Himself from respecting authority, and in so far as was compatible with His designs, He submitted to it. Not that He owed obedience to any man, but He was the example for all to imitate; and it is needless to say that in this, as in every other respect, He set the example for us to follow. As a private individual, if we may use the term, He obeyed the laws of His nation in every respect.

Willingly He submitted to the circumcision, He observed the Sabbath, He paid the tribute, He frequented the synagogue, He went to Jerusalem regularly for the appointed feast-days. In His public actions we find Him equally respectful to authority on account of the grave consequences to His disciples that must necessarily follow on His actions.

The Jewish nation was in a state of turmoil, and profoundly troubled. Incapable of bearing patiently the Roman yoke, which seemed to them a profanation, they broke out periodically into revolts of a fury verging on madness. Riots frequently took place; they were smothered in streams of blood; but, as is always the case, bloodshed thus served only to irrigate the roots of their hatred, and made it grow stronger and more unquenchable than ever.

The result of this action was that, instead of quelling the rebels, a sort of terrible enthusiasm was aroused in their fierce souls, and a longing for revenge and thirst for the blood of their Roman rulers. Besides all this public strife, there were internal dissensions, rivalries of sects, struggles for influence, jealousies, burning controversies, suspicious plots, and civil wars among citizens.

If Jesus loved His country, He must then act in a manner to strengthen the bonds which, while holding all power outside the authority of the law, could arm itself for the common good. In times of trouble and dissensions, when all the energies of the nation are sapped and exhausted, leaving the people like a worthless corpse, ready for corruption, then the duty of a real patriot is plain. He must gather the people round him and animate them with his spirit of honesty; not quarrel with them on the pretext of political opposition, nor show any personal preference. The common safety is in danger, and the remedy can only come from unity of action; and that action, in order to be efficacious, must be permeated with a spirit of submission and obedience.