Scripture Reading: Psalms 119:33
Christians have a divine mandate to be perfect as their heavenly Father is perfect. (Matt. 5:48, Lev. 20:26) To be able to live up to this standard, Christians must undergo some levels of tutelage under their Master, Jesus. “Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart” (Matt. 11:29) is an invitation from Jesus extended to Christians so that they may follow in His footsteps. Christians must pattern their lives after a model; they must follow the footprints of the one who has called them to service. Hence, the idea of learning even applies in the spiritual life of a Christian where Jesus is the teacher, the Christian and the leaner and perfection is the content to be learnt. If learning culminates in a change of behaviour, it is expected that Christians who are tutored by Christ should abandon their old lifestyles and pattern their lives after Christ. This is a call to perfection, a call to the new life in Christ.
The human mind is limited that left on its own, it cannot understand heavenly values and realities. This is why we must be taught by the Lord. The Psalmist cries out, “Teach me, Lord, the meaning of Your laws, and I will obey them at all times.” (Ps. 119:33) This is a pledge of submission to be taught by God. This process of being taught by God is important in the life of a Christian, if he must live up to expectation. Socrates an ancient philosopher had argued that to “know good, is to do good”. One cannot strive to do what he does not know. We act to the extent we are informed. In the same way, how can human beings act in the manner of God, if they are not taught and informed? This brings out the human need to be taught by God. “Teach me O Lord” is a cry of the individual to the Lord; an effort that comes from the individual. God respects the human freedom and as such, He respects our choices. It is a duty binding on the Christian that wishes to be perfect like the heavenly Father, to submit himself to be taught by God. Though the Church enjoys the deposit of faith (Depositum Fidei), individual Christians must make personal efforts to attain perfection. This is the wish to be taught by God.
Beloved, God is ever ready to teach us; but our problems make
it difficult for us to hear or understand Him when He speaks. The reason is that our minds are very busy and like Martha, we get ourselves very much occupied with too many material issues. We must be keen and careful to listen to and understand God for He constantly speaks to us in some of the following ways: in the Scriptures, the Sacred Tradition, in the Sacraments, our Life Situations and in our Environment. God teaches us in very many ways. We should be keen and rapt in our attention so that whenever He speaks to us, we will hear and understand Him. It is only when are disposed at all times that we can confidently say “Speak Lord for your servant listens.” (1 Sam. 3:9-10)
Rev. 1: 1-4; 2: 1-5a; Ps 1: 1-2. 3. 4 and 6; ( R. Rev 2:7b); Accl Jn8:12; Lk 18: 35-43
- Lord Jesus, I come before you acknowledging that I am not perfect.
- I am so sorry for the many times I even went to the extent of condemning others for their sins.
- Forgive me for the many times I have sought for truth outside you the Eternal Truth.
- Teach me Lord your precepts.
- And grant me the grace to live in accordance with your will.
Exercise: Ask the Lord, today, to teach you something new.
Memory Verse: Psalms 119:5.