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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 5, 2015

CONVICTION AND HUMILITY

Our readings today feature three examples of conviction and humility.

Ezekiel, Paul and Jesus all face difficulties from those to whom they are speaking, but these voices do not deter them from speaking the Word that has been given to them. And therein lies the humility: their conviction is a direct result of their humility, for they are not acting as people of power, rather as people of authority.

Many times we equate power and authority as one in the same, but they are quite different. Power comes with position; while authority is built on service and sacrifice. Power erodes relationship, while authority builds them. Power is given and can also be taken away; but authority is grown out of your own character.

Thus power people are always afraid of loosing what they have; while authority people know what they “have” is not really theirs anyway.

Conviction is the fruit of the humble servant – the man or woman who speaks and acts on behalf of others.

CLICK HERE for the readings for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6)

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