Fr Richard's words for Thursday, Week 12, of Ordinary Time
Homily: The Divine Mouth
When someone speaks with authority – we sit up and listen. Sometimes those who do actually have superiority over us appear weak when they speak! And, conversely, some who have no authority whatsoever can speak as if they had plenty!
Neither of these two observations, of course, apply to Jesus Christ. Rather, St Matthew says at the end of today’s Gospel: “…His teaching made a deep impression on the people because he taught them with authority, and not like their own scribes.”
Indeed, every syllable that came forth from Christ’s Divine mouth was spoken with complete authority from someone who has eternal authority. Every word that comes from the mouth of God is essential for our living the Christian life and our journey towards eternal salvation.
Like the people in the Gospel, so our ears and hearts must be attentive to Christ’s every teaching. For following His ways will bring us to life everlasting.