St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
"Build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit.
Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ." Can't you just see Jesus looking at the chief priests with an "excuse me?!" look on his face. Questioning his authority seems a little ridiculous to us; I'm sure it did to him too!
One more thing: Even before Christ formally founded the church, his authority was in question. Every church leader since then has been challenged. I suppose that is true of all leadership, even parental leadership. Our subordinates, or children in the case of moms, will always question our authority. But remember, mom, you have the backing of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. You live your vocation as you are called by the Lord. If anyone needs to know where you get your authority, simply point to the Crucifix hanging on the wall.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you call me to live the vocation of motherhood. I will have to answer to you one day about how I lived out this vocation. Help me to lead with the authority, mercy and love that you give me to fulfill your call. In your name I pray, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. St. Madeleine, pray for me.