Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Virtue of Obedience

The Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary is the Presentation. As we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation today it seemed a wonderful time to reflect on the fruit of this mystery which is obedience.  It is a wonderful thing to contemplate that as we pray the Rosary such holy virtues take deeper root within us.  Often when saying the Rosary with my children when we reached the Fourth Joyful Mystery I am grateful such a grace is given as parenting young children is a true struggle and there are times when all you wish and hope for is that you children will obey you.  It is such times when one begins to understand why Our Lord takes so much delight with an obedient soul as He is truly Our Heavenly Father and like us wants his children to follow His guidance.

This week we celebrate the Feast of St. John Bosco who is known for his work with children.  He spoke often of the importance of obedience.

"There can be no virtue without obedience." -St. John Bosco

"Be obedient and you will become a saint." -St. John Bosco

"Try very hard, young men, to imitate Jesus in His obedience. He should be your only model in this." -St. John Bosco

"Do what I say: obey promptly, cheerfully, fully. Let your superior’s will, his mind, and his sentiments be your own. Let’s be one in heart and mind to love Mary and save souls." -St. John Bosco

In the diary of St. Faustina there are also many references to the importance of obedience:

“By obedience you give great glory to Me and gain merit for yourself”.(28)

When I left the confessional and started to recite my penance, I heard these words. “I have granted the grace you asked for on behalf of that soul, but not because of the mortification you chose for yourself. Rather, it was because of your act of complete obedience to My representative that I granted this grace to that soul for whom you interceded and begged mercy. Know that when you mortify your own self-will, then Mine reigns within you.” (365)

“Yes.. when you are obedient I take away your weakness and replace it with My strength. I am very surprised that souls do not want to make that exchange with Me.” I said to the Lord, “Jesus, enlighten my heart, or else I, too, will not understand much from these words.” (381)

“My daughter, know that you give Me greater glory by a single act of obedience than by long prayers and mortifications.” (894)

933 Then I heard the following words in my soul: “You will receive a greater reward for your obedience and subjection to your confessor than you will for the practices (fasting and mortification) which you will be carrying out. Know this, My daughter, and act accordingly: anything, no matter how small it be, that has the seal of obedience to My representative is pleasing to Me and great in My eyes.”

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    What does the washing of water found in Ephesians 5:26 mean? Should you, as a believer in Christ, look to creed books and Bible commentaries for the answer to that question or should you look to translations of the Bible for truth? Do you want to trust men or do you want to trust God's written word?

    Ephesians 5:25-26...just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (NKJV)

    How did Christ sanctify and cleanse the church? The church is the body of Christ. The church is comprised of Christians. How did Christ sanctify and cleanse the church?

    Ephesians 5:26 to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's word;(The Living Bible- Paraphrased)

    Ephesians 5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, (KJV)

    Ephesians 5:26 in order to make her holy, cleaning her with the baptismal water by the Word. (Weymouth New testament)

    Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make her holy by washing her in a bath of water with the word. (Common English Bible)

    Ephesians 5:26 He made the church holy by the power of his word, and he made it pure by washing it with water.(Contemporary English Version)

    Ephesians 5:26 In order that he might sanctify it, purifying [it] by the washing of water by [the] word, (Darby Translation)

    Ephesians 5:26 He died to make the church holy. He used the telling of the Good News to make the church clean by washing it with water. (ERV-Easy-to-Read-Version)

    Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make the church holy by cleaning it, washing it using water along with the spoken words. (God's Word Translation)

    Ephesians 5:26 He did this to dedicate the church to God by his word, after making it clean by washing it in water, (Good News Translation)

    Ephesians 5:26 He did this to make the church holy by cleansing it, washing it using water alone with the spoken words. (Names of God Bible)

    Ephesians 5:26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, (New American Standard Bible)

    Ephesians 5:26 He did that so that he might make the church people holy, when they were washed with water by God's word. (World English N.T.)

    Do you really want leave the interpretation of Ephesians 5:26 to others,why would you not read it and believe what it says?

    Is God smart enough to guide men to accurately translate the Bible?

    Two choices: 1. Trust God's written word, the BIBLE. or 2. Trust preachers, priests, pastors, Bible commentators, the man on the street, your friends and relatives or creed books, for the truth and nothing but the truth.

    Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved....(NKJV)