By What Authority?

The lectionary for June calls us to examine the question of authority. We face this question as we assess the meaning of our faith and our ministries. "By what authority?" concerns our identity, affirmations, visions, and the journeys we have been on.

This question is about a standing ground from which to say yes or no. It examines what we are prepared to live with and what we refuse to live with. It is the question of whose rules, words, and symbols will have power over us.

As you use this lectionary, I suggest the following as a model for engaging the texts with your life and your living with the texts.

Meditation: Take quiet space with the phrase, "Be still and know I am God." Alternate the emphasis of the phrasing: Be still ....Be still and know..., etc.

Reflection: Be with the questions offered and/or develop your own.

Action: Allow this engagement to make a difference in your daily living.

Yvonne V. Delk is a Sojourners contributing editor. She was the executive director of the Community Renewal Society in Chicago when this article appeared.


June 6:The Authority of Belief and Disbelief

Deuteronomy 4:32-40, 2 Corinthians 13:5-14, Matthew 28:16-20 , Psalm 33:1-12

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Sojourners Magazine June 1993
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