Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 19, A.D. 2003

2 Samuel 7:4-5,12-14,16
Psalm 89:2-5,27,29
Romans 4:13,16-18,22
Matthew 1:16,18-21,24

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him..." (Matt. 1:24)

Obedience -- the virtue that may precede and be the foundation of all the others. Joseph is exemplary of this virtue, which is at once so demanding and so utterly liberating. We tend to think of obedience as humiliation and as a kind of bondage. We want to be in control, we want to make things happen our way, we want to be in charge. All too often, we want to be in charge not only of ourselves, but of everyone else as well.

But Joseph shows us how to obey God. He simply listens and acts upon what he hears. Listening, first and foremost, being open to hear God's word is the first requisite of obedience. We cannot obey if we're listening to the buzzing in our own head and attributing it to God. The only way to hear God is to spend time, a lot of time, in prayer - considering the teachings of the Lord's Body, the Church and reading Sacred Scripture.

The second aspect of obedience is that we do what we are told. When we hear God and it is very clear that something is demanded of us, as in the case of the Ten Commandments or the Beatitudes, we should act on it. Whatever else we may think we hear, we should bring it first to a spiritual director or counselor to be certain that we are discerning the Lord's will correctly.

The spirit of obedience to God is so important to the restoration of the Church and to the salvation of God's people. What are people to think if they see us all running our separate directions, all following separate agendas, "being individuals" and "marching to our own drummers?" We do all people a disservice when we do not act in obedience to God's commands.

So let us take Joseph as our model for the day. Let us follow his humility and his uncommon good sense. After all, do we REALLY need to be in charge with things in the world the way they are?

- JuandelaCruz, T.O.Carm (sriddle415@yahoo.com)


Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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