Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 19, A.D. 2003
2 Samuel 7:4-5,12-14,16
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
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 (email@example.com)
Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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