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To speak with authority, we must listen to Authority

Fr. John Granato, S.M.
Gospel of Mark

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Summary: This Gospel shows that both the demons and nature listen to Jesus Christ. The Apostles and Mary Magdalene were told to no longer be quiet, but to preach the Good News. We are no longer called to be quiet. We are given the same authority given to us by Christ, through Baptism, to preach the Good News.

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As children grow up, they listen less and less to their parents. It’s the same with us; as they grow older, many people listen less and less to our Holy Father. He wants to free us from the bonds of sin and slavery. Parents know what is best for their children, but they cannot force them. The wisdom of two thousand years gives us what is best for us. There is life in the teaching of the Church.

Christ came with love and service. We are also asked to be servants of one another. The Holy Father says we must say “yes” to those hard teachings of our holy faith. The Boston Globe and other media say bad things about our Church. We are being persecuted.

Marriage is an ordinary thing that becomes extraordinary. In Holy Orders, we have something that is extraordinary. You have that authority, but you must listen to the true authority. Pope Benedict needs our prayers. Allow the Holy Spirit lead us to a more loving and intimate relationship with God our Father.

To be authority figures, such as parents, we must live what we teach.

(This homily was given some time ago.)

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