During these first days of advent the Church uses readings from Isaiah to bring out the feeling of joy and expectancy which Christmas and the coming of Jesus should mean for us.
“He will wield authority over the nations” is one sentence which we read here. You may ask ‘in today’s world where the Lord is ignored and vilified, where his authority is.’
The authority of the Lord first shows itself in our conscience, the place where the voice of God is constantly heard. Is should be the authority in our lives, even in this, the natural law, which according to Paul, is written on the heart of every man.
But even in the world’s ignoring of Jesus, we see something of his authority. We can read it in the words and lies that we hear of politicians say: we know that they don’t half believe what they are promising and even when they are saying the words, you can feel that they know they are speaking an untruth.
No one ever appears to be able to ask the question, ‘why is there this huge disconnect between the people and the government?’
The authority in Jesus is also shown in his Church. She has many faults and many failings, but when the Church sits down to produce a document or formulate a teaching, she does so with care, attention to detail, and some real heart-searching before she speaks.
And when she speaks, there is nothing a reasonable person can say against what she says!
The authority of Jesus is still here. The reason for this is simple: by his coming into the world, everything changed, man was no longer left to his own devices.
The question for us, today as always, is, ‘do we want to listen to him and accept his authority?’