Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
January 10, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
1 John 4:19–5:4
Psalm 72:1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Have you ever thought back over your life and recalled a time when you were disobedient and about the mayhem that followed?
Disobedience seldom delivers what it promises and if perhaps it does, the perceived gain is fleeting.
Obedience on the other hand is intended to provide a pathway that avoids deceptive missteps.
Why, then, is it often so difficult to be obedient and do what is right, especially when there are countless examples that demonstrate the sad result of disobedience?
The answer involves many obvious reasons and understandable motivations, but underlying it all is the fact that because of original sin we are lured by what seems good, but what in truth is flawed and twisted.
Our only recourse is God's grace which, though freely given, requires that we freely utilize it. God doesn't cajole or tease. The Great I AM is what He is: All Truth, All Freedom, All Love, All Mercy, All Joy, All Peace and offers from His treasury, those gifts to everyone.
Let us not then be deceived by the contrivances of the devil who makes obedience seem difficult and disobedience attractive. Instead, may we remember the words from the Sacred Text that remind us, "His commandments are not burdensome."
- Donna Nelson, OCDS |
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