Tuesday 18 November 2014

Monday of Week 2 Year 1

As children, we were often taught and reminded to obey our parents, our teachers and other persons in authority. We knew the consequences of not obeying and most of us would do our best to toe the line or to be in our best behaviour. But as we grew older, some of us may have become rebellious in one way or another. Some of us think that we know it all, or that we can take care of ourselves, but by doing so, some of us may end up in greater trouble.

Perhaps an excellent example of obedience can be found in today's reading concerning Jesus. The reading tells us: "During his life on earth, he offered up prayer and entreaty, aloud and in silent tears, to the one who had the power to save him out of death, and he submitted so humbly that his prayer was heard. Although he was Son, he learnt to obey through suffering; but having been made perfect, he became for all who obey him the source of eternal salvation and was acclaimed by God with the title of high priest of the order of Melchizedek." Jesus showed us what it means to obey and submit to God, and by doing so, He became a source of eternal salvation to all of us. It is actually liberating and advantageous to obey, since by being docile and humble enough to hear and obey God's voice, we have no reason and no need to fear, for God will be our providence and guide. Let us offer ourselves in obedience to God, so that we can be like new wine in new skins, and be His witnesses to all.

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